JENSEN HUGHES acquires UK and Ireland-Based Fire Safety Leader JGA
New partnership set to broaden available services to UK and Ireland-based clients and strengthen both companies’ global footprint
JENSEN HUGHES, the global leader in safety, security and risk-based engineering and consulting, today announced the acquisition of Jeremy Gardner Associates Ltd. (JGA), a leading UK and Ireland-based fire safety consulting firm.
Following the recent launch of its London office in September 2017, the acquisition will help strengthen JENSEN HUGHES’ presence within the UK, Ireland and the European market.
Headquartered in London, JGA has seven offices across the UK and Ireland, and will join the more than 70 JENSEN HUGHES locations globally to better serve clients and provide a more comprehensive approach to their fire and life safety needs.
JGA was founded in 1994 by Jeremy Gardner with a sole focus on fire safety. Since then, the company has expanded to seven offices, a staff of 70, with 55 fire protection engineers, and more than 6,000 completed projects. These projects include some of the most complex construction projects in the UK, Ireland and continental Europe, such as the Microsoft campus in Dublin, St James in Edinburgh, and Wembley Park in London.
“The JGA team brings exceptional technical expertise and client focus, which truly helps JENSEN HUGHES build global recognition as a world-class company,” said Paul Orzeske, CEO, JENSEN HUGHES. “We are excited to join forces with JGA. They share a similar culture and mindset around safety, security and risk mitigation for their clients, and we look forward to bringing additional fire and life safety-related capabilities to the UK and Ireland in the coming years.”
Over the last three years, JENSEN HUGHES has made strategic acquisitions of safety-related consulting firms. The addition of JGA enables JENSEN HUGHES to expand their range of services across the UK and Ireland.
“We are thrilled to be a part of the JENSEN HUGHES family, a company that shares our commitment to safer buildings through fire safety,” said Jeremy Gardner, JGA Group Managing Director and Founder. “This acquisition by an industry-leading firm is a testament to the team and what we’ve accomplished over the last 24 years, and this new partnership will allow us to provide a more holistic approach to suit our clients’ growing needs as well as bring our expertise to new markets.”
JGA was advised by corporate finance advisor BCMS, with legal advice from Freeths LLP.
BCMS Lead Advisor Mark Sapsford commented: “Fire safety is a major focus for UK and European construction currently, and JGA’s leading position helped us attract significant market interest. However, Jeremy and the Jensen Hughes team got on well from the outset, and this acquisition ensures both parties have the scale and reach to provide a top quality service during this important time for the industry.”
About JENSEN HUGHES
JENSEN HUGHES is a global leader in safety, security and risk-based engineering and consulting. Their engineers, consultants and scientists develop and deliver innovative and cost-effective solutions to a global client base involving fire protection systems design and analysis, code consulting, emergency management services, security consulting, forensic engineering, fire research, risk-informed applications, probabilistic risk assessments, development and testing, commissioning and construction services. Operating from offices throughout North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, JENSEN HUGHES consulting teams participate on projects in all markets across industries. JENSEN HUGHES is a portfolio company of Gryphon Investors, a leading private equity firm focused on profitably growing and competitively enhancing middle-market companies in partnership with experienced management teams. For more information, visit jensenhughes.com.
About Jeremy Gardner Associates Ltd.
Jeremy Gardner Associates (JGA) is a leading fire engineering consultancy in Europe with more than 6,000 projects worldwide. Founded in 1994 by Jeremy Gardner, current Managing Director, JGA has seven offices across the UK and Ireland, with headquarters in London, focusing on providing safe buildings without compromising the design vision, making them the consultant of choice for leading property clients. For more information, visit jgafire.com.