Australian engineering giant sets new industry standards with Extent Heritage acquisition

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RSK Australia, a global leader in sustainable solutions, has acquired Extent Heritage, the country’s largest heritage management and archaeological company in a move set to redefine Australia’s heritage management landscape.

The acquisition is part of RSK Australia’s aggressive expansion initiative, positioning the company at the forefront of environmental and cultural conservation efforts, the company said in a press release.

Extent Heritage, renowned for its quarter-century legacy and diverse portfolio, boasts teams of archaeologists and heritage specialists across major Australian cities, including Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Hobart, and Perth.

The company has undertaken over 1000 projects, collaborating with governmental bodies, agencies, Aboriginal organizations, and private corporations such as Santos, Lendlease, Arup, GHD, and Arrow Energy.

One of Extent Heritage’s recent high-profile projects includes its pivotal role in the Queen Victoria Market Precinct Renewal program, providing essential Aboriginal heritage, archaeological, built heritage, and interpretation services.

The company has also been at the forefront of supporting Australia’s offshore renewables industry, contributing to over 10 ongoing offshore wind and gas projects.

Ian Travers, CEO of Extent Heritage conveyed that the collaboration with RSK would facilitate further growth and enhancement of their influence on both national and international levels.

“Our companies share an ethos, values and vision, and we are hugely excited by the boost that being part of the RSK Group will give us as we drive best practice heritage management and collectively pursue a more sustainable society,” he noted.

Mark Haydock, managing director of RSK Australia, emphasised the group’s dedication to assisting clients in advancing toward a resilient and future-ready Australia.

“Notably, it is one of very few businesses of its kind with the scale, processes and project management capability to undertake major, multi-year projects,” stated Haydock.

He also hinted at potential collaborations in Australia’s offshore wind sector, leveraging Extent Heritage’s expertise in maritime archaeology and marine geophysics.

As RSK continues its ambitious growth strategy, with over 200 companies and 12,000 employees globally, the annual turnover is expected to surpass £1.2 billion by the end of FY23.

The acquisition adviser for this landmark deal was Eaton Square.