Leeds-based integrated building consultancy business, C80 Group Ltd, has completed another key stage in its growth strategy with the acquisition of Harrogate-based Building Control Approved Inspector, Ask Building Control.
With a strong presence in Harrogate and North Yorkshire, Ask Building Control will now join forces with YDBC, the Group’s existing Building Control Approved Inspector. The move combines Ask’s team of experienced surveyors and administrators with YDBC’s to enhance the Group’s service capacity with increased coverage and additional knowledge and expertise.

The acquisition complements C80 Group’s existing service range covering testing, energy assessment, building compliance and building services design engineering. The move forms part of the Group’s long-term M&A strategy to build a group of companies offering an exceptional range of complementary specialist services. Other consultancies in the Group include Leeds-based C80 Solutions and Midlands-based Stewarts.

Mark Heptonstall, CEO said: “We are delighted to welcome Ask Building Control to C80 Group, bringing yet more talented and experienced people into our organisation. Like YDBC, which we acquired at the end of 2019, they offer outstanding expertise in all aspects of building control and building regulations approval, from design stage through to satisfactory completion on site. I think we are developing a genuinely unique portfolio in a fragmented building services sector which comprises small companies and consultancies operating independently. We can offer a multidisciplinary skillset from a team of specialists able to operate in collaboration and work seamlessly alongside each other to enhance efficiency, value and quality of service on each project.”

Paul Willmore, director at Ask Building Control, said: “Ask Building Control are very excited about what we can achieve in the years ahead within C80 Group, which has developed a very successful strategy for consolidation and expansion. When C80 Group acquires a company, they support its growth alongside the other firms in the Group. This approach has proved to be hugely beneficial for YDBC and we are confident that it will be equally successful for Ask Building Control as we develop new business as part of the collective strength of C80 Group.”

Paul Sessford, director at Ask Building Control, said: “We are looking forward to working alongside YDBC and the other companies in C80 Group. They share our passion for service excellence. Ask Building Control now has a platform to launch a major new phase of growth in 2022 – it promises to be a landmark year for the company.”