One of Scotland’s largest independent firms of chartered surveyors has announced a merger with rivals Murray and Muir.
Allied Surveyors Scotland says the move will “significantly strengthen” its market share, particularly across the central belt.
The combined firm will now have 30 offices across Scotland, employing more than 160 staff and 36 directors. The 17 Murray and Muir staff in Glasgow and Edinburgh will move into Allied Surveyors Scotland’s offices during the merger. All of its directors will also remain with the company, including Hugh Campbell, Ian Donald, Grant Williams and Martin Paul.
It is expected Allied Surveyors Scotland will now see an annual turnover of £12million.
Murray and Muir, which was established in 1890, carries out residential valuations for individuals, businesses, banks and building societies. Its addition to Allied Surveyors Scotland is expected to boost its ability to complete its wider range of services on offer, including residential and commercial property valuations for estate agents, banks, investors and developers.
Grant Robertson, Chairman of Allied Surveyors Scotland, said: “We are delighted to announce this merger, which we believe signals a positive upturn in the Scottish property market reflected by the increasing demand for our surveying services and expertise.
“Bringing together the professional skills, strengths and expertise of both firms will enhance our offering to the market and provide us with further opportunities for future growth.
“As we continue to grow our business, the strength of all our offices across Scotland, combined with Murray and Muir’s established network, particularly with solicitors, will ensure we are in a prime position to maximise opportunities and to continue to deliver a quality service to all our clients.”
Hugh Campbell, Director of Allied Surveyors Scotland, formerly Managing Partner of Murray and Muir, said: “This merger is great news for our clients and staff as we will now be part of a stronger network with the ability to offer a much broader range of surveying services.
“Our staff will have enhanced career opportunities within a modern and progressive firm.”