Turnover up 80% since 2009 as award-winning HLN Group bucks industry trend to continue expanding
A string of strategic acquisitions has boosted turnover at the
award-winning HLN Group (HLN) by 80% since 2009, strengthening its
position as a leading UK multi-disciplinary design practice.
Expanding by acquisition has not only boosted
HLN’s client base, but also enabled it to build up the engineering
consultancy side of its business.
HLN, which is headquartered in Cardiff and
employs a team of 70, provides clients with architectural
consultancy, civil and structural engineering and project
Following its latest acquisition of
Reading-based, Considere & Partners the Group is still on the
acquisition trail, with further acquisitions planned in the
Midlands and the South-East.
Acquiring Considere & Partners has added
London’s Dorchester Hotel as well as Eton College to HLN’s client
With a full order book, HLN also plans to
recruit additional staff.
Chief executive, Mike O’Brien is bullish about
the Group’s future: “Expanding by acquisition has paid dividends
for HLN as we’ve been able to build up our capacity and expertise
and also welcome new clients. Small businesses like ours are
often forced to scale back their operations or even close
completely in tough economic times.
“We’re now planning to increase our capacity
even further by acquiring a number of stable businesses in the
Midlands and the South-East and this will increase our regional
coverage in the UK, enabling us to secure new business.”
HLN has received considerable industry
recognition recently, winning some prestigious industry
awards. It was awarded ‘BIM Project of the Year’ for its work
at Cookham Wood young offenders’ institution in Kent at the 2014
‘Constructing Excellence in London and the South-East Awards’.
A key member of the design team for the UK
Government’s Building Information Modelling (BIM) Early Adopter
project, HLN played an integral role in the successful delivery of
a three-storey, stackable concrete pod housing block as well as a
new two-storey education building via the Ministry of Justice
It has also recently won its first
multi-disciplinary project award at the UK Housing Awards.
Its refurbishment and conversion of Grade II-listed Vulcan House
won in the ‘Small Development of the Year’ category.
The project saw HLN refurbish the existing
building and convert it into apartments as well as construct new
apartments, courtyard parking and landscaping.
Finance Wales has provided HLN with 3 loans
since 2007 to back its expansion.
Dave Perez, Senior Portfolio Executive at
Finance Wales welcomed HLN’s news: “Mike has always had a clear
view of how he wanted to grow and develop HLN. HLN’s
diversification strategy is clearly paying dividends. It has
increased its market share significantly through acquisition while
building an impressive reputation.”
HLN has also recently received a Welsh
Government grant to support its expansion.