Property consultancy Walker Sime acquires WCP Associates

Based in Princes Dock in Liverpool, Walker Sime also has offices in Manchester and Leeds and the deal takes its total headcount to 91

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Des Walker, Robert Seger, Gavin Garner and Jon Sime toast their deal with a pint


Liverpool property consultancy Walker Sime has acquired a Manchester-based quantity surveying and project management business for an undisclosed sum.

WCP Associates advises well known developers such as Network Space and has delivered some of the region’s most high-profile projects, including Surf Snowdonia in the Conway valley. 

The deal takes Walker Sime’s headcount to 91 across three offices in Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds. Core services include quantity surveying, project management, dispute resolution, commercial management, CDM consultancy and bills of quantities.

The acquisition is the latest step in Walker Sime’s programme to expand and future-proof the business and follows a series of internal promotions, including the appointment of Duncan Firth as managing director and Mark Parker as head of the company’s project management division.

“We’re really pleased to get the deal done and to welcome some excellent new colleagues into the business,” said Walker Sime founder Des Walker.  “It’s great news for our clients, too, and will ensure that we continue to develop Walker Sime into one of the UK’s best independent property consultancies.”

All WCP staff are to transfer over to Walker Sime and will move into the company’s Trafford Park offices in due course.

Current company-wide projects include advising Peel on the delivery of its Liverpool Waters masterplan, Trilogy Real Estate on the redevelopment of Manchester’s Great Northern Warehouse and Leeds Bradford Airport on its estate management programme.

WCP director Robert Seger added: “Walker Sime saw this as a tremendous long-term opportunity to capitalise on the wealth of experience and synergies of both businesses and we’re looking forward to joining the team of one of Manchester’s leading construction consultancies. 

Pannone advised Walker Sime on the transaction.  LLM acted for WCP.

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