SLR Consulting acquires UK-based landscape and townscape consultants in bid to strengthen landscape expertise

International environmental consultancy SLR Consulting has acquired UK-based landscape, townscape and environmental consultants Cooper Partnership, its third company takeover this year.

Cooper Partnership has joined SLR at its Bristol offices. The merger of the firms’ combined services will create one of the largest landscape consultancies in the UK.

The new landscape group provides design and landscape master planning services to clients throughout the UK and overseas.

Cooper Partnership managing director Julian Cooper said: "After more than 20 years of building our practice into one of the most respected landscape planning consultancies in the UK, we wanted to expand into new areas.

"We believe that joining forces with a growing and successful firm like SLR, is the ideal way to achieve this.

"Both Cooper Partnership and SLR have a reputation for excellence and a client focussed approach and, together, this move will enable us to gain a bigger share of the green infrastructure, landscape planning and landscape design market."

SLR director Alan Edwards said Cooper Partnership was a great addition to the company and would help develop its landscape architecture consultancy – something it had sought to do for many years.

"We look forward to introducing the Cooper team to our clients and to utilising their expertise across our seven core business sectors within the UK and overseas," he added.

Recent Cooper Partnership projects include; carrying out hard and soft landscape design for a new acute hospital in Bristol and carrying out a townscape and visual impact assessment for the proposed new Greenwich University.

It also worked on planning and design work for the M2 widening and Channel Tunnel Rail Link. Cooper Partnership managed the environmental assessment and led a team of green consultants as well as taking the project through planning, design and management and presenting the scheme to a Parliamentary Select Committee.

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