A Dundee quantity surveying firm established more than 90 years ago has been acquired.
Hardies Property & Construction Consultants has acquired South Tay Street business John Duguid Partnership.
Established in 1929, John M Duguid & Co was the first solely quantity surveying-based firm in Dundee.
The business was renamed the John Duguid Partnership in 1989 when it expanded to include project management and principal designer services.
Dundee firm an ‘ideal fit’
Senior partner at Hardies Danny McArthur said: “Despite the current economic outlook, we remain positive about the future and this acquisition further strengthens our market position in the Dundee and wider Tayside area.
“In 2010 we purchased WJR Christie & Partners in Dundee in the aftermath of a global financial crisis.
“That deal led to us becoming the largest construction surveying firm in Tayside; a position bolstered by this latest acquisition.
“The John Duguid Partnership is an ideal fit for us both culturally and in terms of its client base.
“Dundee continues to evolve through its acclaimed regeneration.
“We believe we can contribute to its further development through our skill base, quality of service and extensive in-depth local market knowledge.”
Staff members join Hardies team
John Duguid Partnership incorporated Edinburgh and Dundee-based surveying firm Muir Summers in 1996.
Core sectors it serves include private and social housing, industrial, healthcare, education and heritage/conservation.
The acquisition sees John Duguid Partnership owners Graham Kerr and Robert Muir become consultants in Hardies. Two other staff members also join the Hardies’ team.
Mr Kerr said: “This deal brings together two firms with a common culture and shared aspirations while enabling us to expand the range of projects we can undertake for clients.
“It also consolidates Hardies’ position as the region’s leading construction and surveying consultancy.”
The deal follows Hardies’ acquisition last month of long-established Aberdeen-based quantity surveying practice BDG Thomson Gray.
It also marks the latest stage of its announcement earlier this year of an ambitious expansion strategy.
It opened new offices in Belfast, Leeds and London, meaning the firm now has 13 locations.