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UK’s DP Squared acquired by DeSimone Consulting Engineering

by Mark Cantrell
Stephen DeSimone, DiSimone Consulting Engineering's chairman and chief executive, with DP Squared's Deborah and Darren Paine. Image courtesy of DiSimone Consulting Engineering

A structural engineering firm based in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire has been snapped up by a global engineering consultancy.

DeSimone Consulting Engineering (DCE), which has offices around the world, acquired DP Squared Ltd in a move that is expected to support continued international growth.

The full-service firm says the acquisition builds upon the company’s UK headquarters in central London.

DP Squared was launched in 2004 by founders and directors Darren and Deborah Paine. Since then, it has maintained a strong presence in the North of England.

The firm brings with it a wealth of experience in Manchester, and has designed five out of six of the city’s tallest buildings. DP Squared’s portfolio includes the 66-story Deansgate Square tower, which is said to be the tallest building in the UK outside of London.

Additionally, the company has worked on more than 800 projects, ranging from refurbishing listed buildings that regenerate local communities, to transformative infrastructure projects and tall buildings that diversify city centres.

Stephen DeSimone, DCE’s chairman and chief executive, said: “As DeSimone continues to grow internationally, we are thrilled to bring on Darren, Deborah, and the entire DP Squared team. Their extensive experience in structural design, impressive work across major projects, and client-centred approach will enrich DeSimone’s capabilities throughout the UK/European region.”

With the acquisition, DP Squared will operate as DeSimone Consulting Engineering UK from its current office in Hebden Bridge.

Both Darren and Deborah Paine will join the senior management team at DeSimone in the UK.

DP Squared’s local experience and client portfolio, when teamed with DeSimone’s global capabilities and resources, is expected to position the latter to take full advantage of the growth currently taking place in the North of England.

Darren and Deborah Paine said: “DP Squared is a family that we have nurtured through its teenage years, and now it is time for it to fly and grow. By joining DeSimone, we will leverage our new partners’ global knowledge and resources to better deliver for the company’s clients worldwide.”

DeSimone Consulting Engineering offers in several areas, the company says, including structural engineering, façade consulting, integrated design and detailing, and construction consulting services.

Among its past credits, DeSimone’s completed projects include the Wasl Tower in Dubai; the residential tower One Thousand Museum alongside Zaha Hadid Architects; the Grove at Grand Bay twisting towers with Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG),;and the Statue of Liberty Museum in the US.

Main image: Stephen DeSimone, DiSimone Consulting Engineering’s chairman and chief executive, with DP Squared’s Deborah and Darren Paine. Image courtesy of DiSimone Consulting Engineering

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