Headland Archaeology is excited to announce that it has joined forces with RSK Group Ltd, the UK’s leading integrated environmental, engineering and technical services business. The acquisition was formally agreed on 8 March 2019.

The acquisition comes when the archaeology and heritage sector has never been more in the spotlight, with a wave of large-scale infrastructure projects requiring archaeological input and expertise. Together, Headland Archaeology and RSK become the largest, most profitable provider of archaeological services in the UK by turnover. We are offering comprehensive archaeology and heritage services to the increasing number of large infrastructure projects across the UK and abroad, even at the largest scale. RSK’s eleventh acquisition of the financial year 2018/2019 brings staff numbers to 3000. The privately owned company now has over 100 offices globally and an annual turnover of more than £200 million.

Headland Archaeology and RSK are proud of their complementary cultures, based on a strong ethical framework with its people being at the heart of the organisation. RSK operates as a group of synergistic businesses, brought together to deliver more comprehensive solutions to clients. It has a very successful track record of investing in businesses and helping them to grow.

Joining RSK will also give Headland and all our staff new opportunities. Our services are aligned closely with existing RSK services and we will see numerous synergies as we begin collaborating. We expect to see new opportunities through work contracted by RSK directly and through referrals from their large client base. Our existing clients will also be able to benefit from access to a wider range of great technical and professional resources.

Headland Archaeology’s current leadership team, including managing director Tim Holden, will join RSK and continue to drive the business forward. Headland Archaeology will become part of RSK’s environment and planning division under the direction of Sarah Mogford. The existing RSK archaeology and heritage business will merge with Headland Archaeology’s consultancy team. The company will continue to trade as Headland Archaeology, maintaining its identity and brand.

“This is a very exciting time for Headland Archaeology”, said Tim Holden, managing director, Headland Archaeology. “We have differentiated ourselves in a market saturated by the not-for-profit sector to build a robust, commercial business that put clients’ needs first. Joining with RSK will further enhance the business, enable us to build on our strengths and provide our staff with new opportunities.”




RSK’s founder and chief executive officer, Dr Alan Ryder, added, “I am excited to welcome Headland Archaeology into RSK because, like us, their people and clients are at the core of what they are about. The success that the business has already seen is a testament to their leaders and all their employees. I am looking forward to what we can achieve together.”




Background on RSK

RSK Group Ltd (www.rsk.co.uk) is a fully integrated, environmental, health, safety and engineering services company that helps its clients to manage the interface between nature and people, minimises the negative impacts of human activity, promotes positive environmental benefits where it can and seeks to improve the built environment for the benefit of individuals and communities.

RSK provides independent environmental consultancy and technical services in the areas of the environment, health and safety, engineering and sustainability management to industrial, financial and public-sector clients in the UK and abroad.

RSK has a diverse client base but mainly services key accounts for clients in energy, property, manufacturing, water, government and transport. Its role goes beyond giving advice to implementing solutions on behalf of clients. It undertakes research from first principles, works in the field, takes samples, performs the analyses and implements the solutions.

The company is certified to the ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 international standards for quality, environmental management and health and safety management.