RP Infrastructure and Ranbury, two of Australia’s biggest construction advisory firms, have joined forces to capitalise on emerging opportunities amid challenges for the development sector.
The Sydney-based RP Infrastructure, formerly known as Root Partnerships, will assume the leading role in the merger with CEO David Gundy set to lead the combined business as it expands its workforce to more than 300 to pursue a raft of infrastructure work in the pipeline nationally.
RP Infrastructure has more than 165 staff, while the Brisbane-based Ranbury has 140 staff, with each company operating offices in Queensland, NSW and Victoria.
Ranbury has a strong focus on its home market of Queensland, where the partners see key opportunities ahead of the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
“The merged entity would be positioned well to capitalise on continued industry growth and a strong pipeline of projects, particularly in Queensland,” Gundy says.
“With the 2032 Brisbane Olympics and the state’s investment in areas such as water, power, sport and health infrastructure, Queensland will be leading the way with many exciting project opportunities over the next decade.
“Joining forces with Ranbury provides the opportunity to expand our already established presence in Queensland, while extending our operations in NSW and Victoria”.
RP Infrastructure was founded as project management services group Roots Partnerships in 1994. It expanded and rebranded as RP Infrastructure with the acquisition of smaller rival InfraSol Group in 2022, giving the group combined annual revenue of $50 million at the time. The merged entity is now reported to deliver annual revenue of about $100 million.
Ranbury, which counts Queensland Rail Roma Street train station redevelopment leading to the Roma Street Parklands among its first projects, was established in 1996 has expertise in the property and building, transport, and resources and utilities sectors.
Ranbury managing director Brett Magnussen says the merger will bring to the group ‘an expanded service offering and deeper capabilities’.
“It also brings broader project experiences and career opportunities for our staff,” he says.
“This is a merger of complementary firms that enables us to extend our services across the transport, buildings and energy sectors.
“It will create a host of exciting opportunities for all of our teams, with the opportunity to become a national consultancy with depth and capability across the eastern seaboard.”
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