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Waterford-based GSP acquired by building consultancy firm ORS in fire safety expansion


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In a strategic move towards diversification and expansion, building consultancy firm ORS has acquired Waterford-headquartered fire safety consultants, GSP.

This acquisition was confirmed following an earlier investment by private equity firm Erisbeg.

Fire safety expertise meets multidisciplinary approach

Established in 1995 by Gerry O’Sullivan, GSP has offices in both Waterford and Kilkenny.

While its operations are primarily in the South East, GSP Fire collaborates with every Local Authority nationwide.

Furthermore, they have a notable client roster which includes names like Bank of Ireland, AIB, GlaxoSmithKline, and Boston Scientific.

ORS, on the other hand, boasts of its diverse operations spanning across civil and structural engineering, project management, infrastructure, health and safety, and more.

With its roots dating back to 1991, the company was established by Paul O’Reilly and Finbar Stuart.

Currently, it employs approximately 200 individuals spread across various locations including Cork, Donegal, Galway, Westmeath, and Dublin.

First-time acquisition enhances ORS offerings

John Brennan, the managing director of ORS, highlighted the significance of this purchase: “The alignment of ORS’s multidisciplinary services with GSP Fire’s fire safety expertise positions the company to provide comprehensive solutions that meet evolving industry demands.”

He further expressed optimism about the acquisition: “This collaboration strengthens our capabilities, diversifies our offerings, and generates new opportunities for our teams and clients alike.”

GSP’s Director, Ger Hodson, echoed a similar sentiment, stating that the partnership with ORS: “not only broadens our expertise but also reinforces our commitment to client value and work ethic.”

IFSJ Comment

The fusion of ORS’s multidisciplinary services with GSP’s profound knowledge in fire safety brings forward an era of comprehensive solutions tailored to the evolving needs of the industry.

As both entities merge their expertise, clients can anticipate more diversified offerings that encapsulate the best of both worlds.

Furthermore, this acquisition mirrors the industry’s trajectory towards consolidating knowledge and expertise to achieve efficiency, sustainability, and innovation in fire safety.

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