CTS acquires construction testing company Nicholls Colton Group


Construction Testing Solutions (CTS) is pleased to announce the acquisition of Nicholls Colton Group Ltd, an independent construction testing company.

With headquarters in Leicester, they employ over 100 staff operating from bases across the UK. Nicholls Colton is a well-established consultancy and testing business providing a variety of solutions to the civil engineering sector. Founded in 1965, they have a long history of working as specialist advisors across the construction industry including commercial, energy, environmental, highway, housing, maintenance, rail, utility, brownfield and recycling sectors.

The acquisition of Nicholls Colton Group fits into CTS’ ambitious growth plans. By purchasing Nicholls Colton, CTS are able to compliment, enhance and extend their existing capabilities, further strengthening their offering with the addition of in-house chemistry testing capabilities.

“The Nicholls Colton Group acquisition strengthens our position in the UK construction testing market and provides numerous synergies and opportunities that benefit both CTS and our clients”, stated Phil Coles, CTS, Chief Executive Officer. “Both myself and the business are excited about working with Ian Elliot and the Nicholls Colton team; our businesses are stronger together, bringing greater capability and scale to our existing offering and providing significant future growth opportunities. This acquisition complements the CGL deal announced just two months ago and reinforces our commitment to growth in this sector in attracting market leading talent and capability to our business.”

Former owner and CEO, Ian Elliot said “I’m delighted to be joining CTS as Director on the Senior Leadership Team supporting the integration process and the future growth of the combined business. Together, we can offer customers a wider range of services, helping to reinforce CTS’ position as a leading provider of construction testing and consultancy services in the UK”.

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