RSK bolsters specialist access provision after rapid growth

January 26, 2021

RSK Group Limited, a leading integrated environmental, engineering and technical services business, has today expanded its specialist access services with the acquisition of established rope-access company CAS Ltd. Founded in 1997 and based in Cumbria, CAS Access has a strong reputation for providing effective access solutions for complex problems, particularly in the renewable energy sector. The company will join fellow RSK subsidiary CAN Renewables, which provides installation, inspection, repair and maintenance services for renewable energy systems and has seen rapid growth since its formation in June 2020.

CAS has worked across the renewable energy sector for more than 13 years, providing a range of specialist access services for wind turbine inspection and repair. As well as offering comprehensive turbine maintenance services, including cleaning and tower paint, ladder and access system repairs, the business repairs busbar energy transfer systems in Senvion turbines, thereby bringing a unique addition to RSK’s engineering services.

CAS has recently worked on exchanging busbars and cleaning and repairing towers at numerous sites throughout the UK. Clients include Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy and RWE.

In addition to its track record in the renewables sector, CAS provides services for working in confined spaces, inspection and maintenance, and access work on historic buildings, among other areas. It has provided installation, inspection, maintenance and repair work for structures using ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) in the UK and Europe for more than 20 years. The company has recently worked on ETFE installation projects at York Racecourse, the Grand Central shopping centre at Birmingham New Street railway station, Carlisle railway station and Bevis Marks in Central London.

The services provided by CAS complement those of CAN and Up and Under, RSK’s existing specialist-access businesses.

CAS Director Glenn Sutcliffe will continue to lead the business as it joins RSK’s geosciences and engineering division. Owing to CAS Access’s complementary services and strong reputation in the renewables sector, he will also join CAN Renewables as a director.

RSK Chief Executive Officer and founder Alan Ryder said, “Our CAN Renewables business has grown rapidly since its formation earlier this year and we see huge opportunities in the maintenance and repair of large wind-turbine blades as the UK moves towards a greener future. The acquisition of CAS, a company with a strong reputation in this area, provides an exciting opportunity to expand our existing renewables services. Glenn and the team at CAS will be a valued addition as we develop additional in-house services to bolster our solutions-led, end-to-end offerings to our clients in the wind, solar and hydro sectors.”

“Joining CAN renewables and the wider RSK family gives us access to a far greater set of resources than we have ever had before,” comments CAS Director Glenn Sutcliffe. “These resources enable us to increase our service potential and widen our current scope of works to all our existing and new clients.”

George Tuckwell, RSK’s Geosciences and Engineering Divisional Director, adds, “CAS is an exciting addition to CAN Renewables and the RSK family. Glenn and his team strengthen our capabilities in supporting renewable energy infrastructure, which is a rapidly growing area for RSK.”

CAS is RSK’s fifth acquisition this month and eleventh of the 2020/2021 financial year; it follows the acquisition of the Black & Veatch water businesses in the UK, Hong Kong and Singapore (now renamed Binnies). RSK is actively investing in the development of new businesses and bolt-on complementary businesses, as well as equipment and facilities, to provide end-to-end solutions to a wide, international client base.