RSK Group acquires UK civil engineering contractor RJT Excavations

Civil engineering and bulk earthworks contractor RJT Excavations has been acquired by RSK significantly strengthening the group’s expertise in major engineering and infrastructure project work.

RJT, based in Jedburgh in the Scottish Borders, has been a key player in the sector for more than 30 years and in 2009, was independently rated by New Civil Engineer as one of the UK’s top 75 civil engineering contractors. The business has been acquired from Mancunian Mercantile Investments.

RJT Managing Director Garry Young, who will continue to lead the business, said:

“RSK Group brings some excellent synergies across the companies in its portfolio. This will provide opportunities to work together with similar companies within the group that have knowledge and experience in areas of construction that we do not currently have in-house. I believe that the RSK Group’s similar values and ethics bodes well for the future and that this acquisition is an excellent outcome for all RJT employees.”

RSK Group Chief Executive Officer Alan Ryder said:

“The acquisition of RJT will prove extremely valuable to the group, enhancing our engineering and infrastructure services across the UK. RJT’s team of specialists boasts an impressive skillset, applying its civil engineering, ground modelling, project management and bulk earthworks services to a diverse range of sectors, from roads and water installations to golf courses and landfill sites.”

The company is at the forefront of specialised plant and equipment, bulk earthworks, groundworks, stabilisation, remediation, contract crushing and other plant-orientated activities. It also offers a wider range of civil engineering services (roads, drainage, foundations, surfacing and street lighting). It provides national coverage from its main yard at Jedburgh and regional offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Leeds.

With its own team of engineers, RJT is well positioned to meet the demands of frequently changing site information to provide updated modelling and cost reporting and site surveys. Its modern fleet comprises more than 60 pieces of heavy plant, from excavators, dozers, dump trucks, rollers and a large fleet of crushing equipment to specialist stabilisation equipment and heavy haulage.

Its clients have included Balfour Beatty, John Graham Construction, McLaughlin and Harvey, Sir Robert McAlpine, BAM Construction, BAM Nuttall, Breheny, Breedon, Tarmac, Galliford Try, John Dewar & Sons, Muir Construction, Caddick Construction, Luddon, Knight Property Group, Alba Developments, Cruden Homes, Pellikaan Construction, Nexans Norway and many more. Recent projects have seen the company undertake:

  • Over a million m3 of earthworks for the 9.5 km upgrade of the A9 between Birnam and Luncarty for BBCEL
  • Two stabilised platform developments for Forth Ports through John Graham Construction for renewables at Dundee and Port of Leith
  • Enabling earthworks and groundworks for Dunfermline Learning Campus for BAM
  • Flood alleviation and protection, as well as commercial platforms, for McLaughlin and Harvey at Upper Garnock and Longtown
  • 52km water main renewal wayleave near Peterborough for the Strategic Pipeline Alliance for Costain
  • Groundworks at a David Lloyd leisure centre at Shawfair for Pellikaan
  • Bulk earthworks for Breheny in Coventry and Newark, totalling over two million m3
  • Various substation platforms, as well as temporary stone track installation and reinstatement, for clients such as BBCEL, Nexans and Linxon.

The company has recently commenced the 7.5 km Carlisle Southern Link Road for Galliford Try and also services a number of quarries operated by Tarmac, Breedon and Aggregate Industries on a regular basis to produce quality aggregates with an annual processing capacity of over two million tonnes.

RJT Excavations’ services include

  • Civil engineering and groundworks – foundations, concrete works, drainage, hardstanding, access roads, settlement lagoons, marine works, lighting and surfacing
  • Training and testing – since 2002, RJT has provided a Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) accredited training centre, offering professional qualifications. This keeps both customers and its workforce up to speed with the latest developments in health, safety and training.
  • Crushing and quarrying – from smaller projects to large multimillion-tonne quarrying contracts. The RJT plant has the latest environmental and fuel-efficient technology fitted as standard.
  • Plant hire – compaction, crushing, recycling, stabilisation, excavators, articulated dump trucks, dozers and wheel-loading shovels
  • Landfill sites – landfill cell construction, including drainage systems and treatment and remediation of contaminated material
  • Ground modelling – detailed volumetric calculations are produced to advise on the most appropriate design and most economic solutions

The acquisition advisers were Hill Dickinson.

SourceRSK Group



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