An ABC to RoC

September 14, 2020

Civil and structural engineering business RoC is one of the newest additions to RSK’s geosciences and engineering division. Having joined RSK back in July, RoC Managing Director Rory O’Connor reveals more on how RoC was built, its projects and clients, and what it can bring to RSK.

What does RoC do?

“I set up RoC some 30 years ago, during the early 1990s recession. Since then, we have grown in size, experience and reputation because of our core values, which we bring to all our commissions. Our team is award winning, highly experienced and qualified, and provides civil, structural, geotechnical, geo-environmental and strategic land consultancy services to projects ranging in value from £50,000 to £100 million.”

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Rory O'Connor

Today, the business’s core service lines include

  • structural: tall buildings; stadia and bridges; health and education; new build; refurbishment; structural appraisal; urban regeneration; feasibility studies; historic and listed buildings; and building information modelling
  • civil engineering: foul and surface water design; sustainable urban drainage systems (SuDS); flood risk assessment; highways – section 38/50/278 and approvals in principle; public realm pavement design; utilities and negotiation – section 91/104/106/185; cut and fill volumetrics; construction monitoring; and contract administration
  • earth sciences: site constraints identification; pre-acquisition surveys; Phase I desktop studies; contaminated land site investigations; mining investigations and treatment; geotechnical site investigations; site remediation and clean up; and validation
  • strategic land: advice with local planning compliance; site locality and boundary considerations; flood risk and mitigation opportunities; local drainage capacity and compatibility; ground quality assessments; and utility easements and constraints identification
  • special projects: structural engineering feasibility and scope studies; building appraisals; buildability and design guidance; creating mezzanine space; appraisal of historic and listed buildings; and refurbishment.

“Based in Manchester city centre, our 20-strong team has developed a strong reputation for quality, innovation and providing pragmatic, strategic advice, and has worked on a variety of projects all over the UK and Ireland, from new-build commissions through to major building refurbishments and restorations. In the last 12 months, 36.5% of our contracts have been for offices and the commercial sector, with the second highest percentage of our work consisting of road and bridge projects. The sectors that we work in include offices and commercial; residential and private rented sector; tall buildings; historic; retail and leisure; industrial and bridges; transport hubs and interchanges; hotels; health and education; and civic.”

“For example, RoC has recently provided geotechnical investigation as well as civil and structural engineering design services for the recently installed, landmark bridge at Airport City Manchester and the iconic 370,000 ft2 commercial office tower building at No.1 Spinningfields, Manchester.”

“We also delivered civil engineering, earth science and structural engineering services for the Royal Horticultural Society’s 62-hectare Garden Bridgewater in Salford, the largest gardening project in Europe, and completed the structural design for the renovation of footwear retailer Schuh’s flagship store on Oxford Street, London, which was completed in March 2020.

“Over the years, building the business has gone through many iterations and the compatibility and synergy that we have with RSK’s culture and values will no doubt provide a broad foundation for further growth.”

Why is RoC joining with RSK?

“The RoC business will strengthen RSK’s geosciences and engineering division and will work closely with the civil and structural engineering businesses already in the RSK group. RoC’s established supply chain will provide numerous opportunities for several RSK business units and expand the group’s reach into new market segments while strengthening its presence in the Manchester area.”

“We are delighted to have joined the RSK family,” concludes Rory. “I met RSK’s Chief Executive Officer Alan some months ago and immediately recognised that we share the same values, culture and ethos, which are of the greatest importance in forging an enduring, productive and rewarding relationship. We see this as a huge opportunity to leverage our brand with the support of our RSK group colleagues, one that gives us access to a wide range of services that we can offer to our clients, thereby providing numerous cross-selling opportunities. Put simply, I’m very excited about the future, working together.”

Key contacts

If you are interested to hear more about RoC services, please contact Rory.