David Adamson and Partners deal marks Hardies fifth acquisition in five years

The purchase of the Edinburgh and Kirkcaldy offices of property and costs consultancy David Adamson and Partners marks Hardies Property & Construction Consultants’ fifth acquisition in five years.

Established as a chartered surveying consultancy in 1930, David Adamson and Partners has since grown organically and developed its expertise.

Today it offers clients a broad range of consultancy services including Quantity Surveying, Cost and Contract Management, Planning and Programme Management and Housing Consultancy services direct to public and private sector clients.

Commenting on the acquisition, Hardies’ Senior Partner, Danny McArthur, said: “Representing our fifth acquisition in five years, this deal marks the latest stage of our dynamic growth programme.

“The deal involves eight members of David Adamson and Partners staff joining Hardies’ operations in Edinburgh and Dunfermline, including the two directors, Alan Hirst, who ran the head office in Edinburgh, and Richard Bownass, who ran the Kirkcaldy office.

“The eight staff members comprise five quantity surveyors, including Mr Hirst and Mr Bownass, a principal designer, a building surveyor, and a housing consultant.”

Alan Hirst added: “Not only does this deal allow us to expand the range of projects we can undertake for clients, but the addition of housing consultancy means that it enables Hardies to expand its service range too. This result is a good deal for both firms’ clients throughout the UK.”

Richard Bownass added: “In relation to Lothian and Fife, this arrangement will strengthen and expand our offering and consolidate Hardies’ position as the leading construction and surveying consultancy across these regions.”

The deal follows Hardies’ recent acquisitions of the John Duguid Partnership, BDG Thomson Gray, Allan & Hanel and Binnie-McKenzie Partnership and marks the latest stage of an expansion strategy that has seen it open three new offices across the UK.

The new offices in Belfast, Leeds, and London take Hardies office network to 13 locations, follow a series of major successful project wins across the UK and Ireland over recent years.


For further information please contact Danny McArthur on 01383 731841.

Issued on behalf of Hardies by Liquorice Media tel 0141 332 4935 www.liquorice-media.com

Date 6 Feb24

Notes to Editors

  • With experience in all sectors working on the smallest to the largest projects the country has to offer, Hardies’ core services include Building Surveying, Quantity Surveying, Project Management, Principal Designer/Health & Safety Advisor, Energy Surveying and Housing Services.
  • Combined with sister firm, Shepherd Chartered Surveyors, with specialisms in residential valuation, commercial property management, agency, valuation and auction services, the two entities form a national practice unrivalled in its delivery network of surveying services throughout Scotland. Combined the firms now have 41 offices across the UK.