Hydrock pursues growth strategy with acquisition of logistics engineering specialist


Bristol-based Hydrock has today announced the acquisition of Kelly Taylor & Associates Ltd (KTA), a M&E and sustainability engineering consultancy in the logistics and distribution sector. 

With over three decades of experience working predominantly with both blue-chip developers and end-users in the logistics and distribution warehouse sector, KTA delivers mechanical, electrical and public health engineering design, utilities infrastructure, and energy and sustainability consultancy services. 

This acquisition complements Hydrock’s well-established multi-disciplinary service offering, which includes a strong M&E and energy and sustainability capability, as well as its existing presence in the logistics sector. 

Hydrock and KTA have collaborated on a number of projects to date, including the recent completion of Magnitude 314 for GLP at Magna Park in Milton Keynes. This 314,123 sq ft logistics development, for which Hydrock delivered the civil, structural and ground engineering design while KTA provided M&E design, is the world’s first Net Zero Carbon for Construction verified building.

Commenting on the acquisition, Dr Brian McConnell, Hydrock’s CEO, said: “This is a fantastic addition to the Hydrock family. We’ve been talking to the Kelly Taylor team for a couple of years, and we obviously know their design team very well from the projects we’ve worked on together.”

“Both domestically and internationally, the logistics sector has never been more important, particularly at a time when Covid has changed the way we shop. There is the rapid emergence of last-mile logistics and the opportunities to repurpose existing property assets. At the mega hubs where power demand can be a constraint, especially with the advance of electric vehicles, there is the opportunity for power generation, storage and income generation. It’s also become more important than ever to design for employee wellbeing and to meet the ESG requirements of the funders”

“With KTA’s credentials in systems design and sustainability, coupled with our own experience in earthworks, civil and structural design, and energy and storage, I have no doubt we will be able to rise to the challenges ahead and provide real innovation for our clients.”