Asbestos management firm acquires its Rotherham rivals

Founder of think tank ResPublica, Phillip Blond, pictured third from the left with Lucion directors, l-r, Charles Pickles, Jonathan Grant and Phil Rozier.
Founder of think tank ResPublica, Phillip Blond, pictured third from the left with Lucion directors, l-r, Charles Pickles, Jonathan Grant and Phil Rozier.
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Lucion Environmental, the asbestos management specialist with operations in Sheffield, has acquired Rotherham rivals MPC Northern.

The deal, finalised this week by Lucion’s financial director and co-founder Charles Pickles, will enable Lucion to further its plans to expand into the infrastructure sector and strengthen its presence in South Yorkshire.

Lucion plans to move its Sheffield operations to MPC’s offices, bringing its workforce in the area to 15.

Charles Pickles said: “MPC is a long established, solid and well regarded name within our industry.

“Our ambition is to enhance the services offered by adding our own brand of dynamism and forward-thinking attitudes.

“The acquisition of MPC has not only enabled Lucion to expand its service offering to more niche areas of the industry but allowed to us to expand on the highly trained staff we now have working for us.”

MPC’s Bill Perratt said he was delighted with the deal and had complete faith in Lucion’s ability to take the business forward while taking care of MPC’s clients.

Lucion Environmental was founded in 2003 by Dr Patrick Morton and Charles Pickles and has offices in Gatwick, Chester, Wolverhampton, Gateshead, Leicestershire and Cambridgeshire.

The company specialises in surveying, identifying and analysing materials containing asbestos, and also provides training for clients at centres in Tyneside, Leicestershire and South London.

Lucion is an independent consultant that is not linked to asbestos removal companies and prides itself on being able to offer impartial advice and professional services to clients throughout the UK.

Lucion Environmental is to host a major conference on the presence of asbestos in schools.

Managing director Patrick Morton said: “Not only is there much confusion among the public, but there is also confusion within areas of the construction and property management industry where the handling of asbestos is concerned.

“This conference aims to clarify this confusion, sharing insights, setting out recent changes in legislation and in the case of 2013’s event debating the matter in front of a live audience.”

The conference will be chaired by the founder of think tank ResPublica, Phillip Blond.

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