RPS Group Plc

RPS Group Plc is a FTSE4Good listed company, headquartered in the UK and is one of the world’s leading multi-disciplinary consultancies. RPS employs over 5,500 staff based in 115 major towns and cities globally. Together we are engaged in projects in over 125 countries on 6 continents. In 2017 RPS reported an annual turnover of £630.6m.

Featured services

Air management

Our team of air quality consultants provide independent, expert advice on all aspects of air quality, odour, sustainability and climate change to clients of all sizes in waste management, manufacturing and process industries, transport, power generation, oil and gas, water and wastewater, local authorities, government and legal sectors.


RPS have been involved with projects across a wide spectrum of sectors, many of which have won national and international awards. RPS has designed landmark projects in the Health, Education, Industrial, Retail, Commercial, Leisure and Residential sectors.

Contaminated land

RPS provides contaminated land investigation, characterisation and remediation design and supervision services. We understand the technical and commercial issues. From small site investigations to multidisciplinary assessments of complex industrial sites requiring various different remediation techniques, we advise on environmental liabilities whilst ensuring regulatory and other stakeholder agreement with the strategy.

Due diligence/auditing

RPS is a leading provider of corporate M&A and property due diligence for investors, legal firms, private equity and lenders. Deals range from single sites to global portfolios across all sectors. Working for investment, vendor or refinance, we eliminate surprises, manage liabilities and present risks in clear commercial context allowing informed decision-making. Risks are framed to maximise value and support our client’s ROI post-close; with operational reviews, merger integration & training. RPS has extensive in-house specialist support incl. asbestos, H&S, sustainability & energy advisors.

Ecology/land management

Our ecologists survey and assess habitats, legally protected species, and species of conservation concern which require consideration during the planning process. We examine protected species and European Birds and Habitat Directive issues and advise developers and local authorities on the complex implications and how proposed plans and projects may be affected by them. We work in urban and rural settings in terrestrial, aquatic and marine habitats.

Energy/climate change

RPS has advised on the development of over 100 wind farms with a combined capacity of over 3,000 MW. Our services span site selection and geotechnical engineering through to stakeholder involvement, transport planning, the Environmental Statement, planning consent and construction management. RPS advises on wave, tidal and solar energy, micro-generation and biomass-fuelled heating at community and industrial scale. We undertake strategic energy resources and infrastructure studies from gas storage, CCS, shale oil and gas exploration, nuclear power to CHP and district heating.

Environmental management systems (EMS)

RPS facilitates, for organisations in a wide range of industry sectors, the smooth implementation and certification of BS EN ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management Systems (EMS).

Geotechnical investigation

RPS offers a truly integrated Geotechnical & Contaminated Land consultancy service for all developments through our team of Geotechnical Engineers, Engineering Geologists and Contaminated Land specialists.Our understanding of multi-disciplinary projects, combined with a strong engineering geology capability & an understanding of what our client is trying to achieve means that we are able to develop the best possible ground model. We can then interpret the model, identify geotechnical risks and link this to geotechnical designs which achieve the best commercial solution.

Health & safety

RPS provides bespoke solutions integrating multidisciplinary services covering health & safety, occupational health and the environment. RPS delivers robust Health Impact Assessments at the strategic, Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) and local-planning level. Early proactive investigation of potential health issues in a project provides greater benefits to clients than adopting a reactive and possibly defensive role at a later stage.

Impact assessment (EIA/SEA)

Our approach has been shaped by many years of preparing technically and legally robust Environmental Statements which minimise the risk of challenge or delay in the determination of a planning application. We can complete all components of the EIA process and related studies in-house in conjunction with the planners but our EIA team often acts as the lead consultant coordinating large and diverse project teams.


We have extensive noise and vibration experience from desktop studies through site surveys, environmental assessments, and monitoring to providing expert witness services at public inquiry. Our areas of expertise include building and architectural acoustics, environmental noise, measurement and testing, noise mapping, underwater acoustics and vibration.

Sustainability appraisal

RPS has developed the sustainability strategies and statements for many significant UK projects. Our holistic and dynamic approach to sustainability recognises the many cross-cutting themes borne out in planning, design, commercial, environmental, technical and other project choices. Our sustainability team works with specialists in planning, EIA, HIA, transport and other environmental disciplines to agree sustainability options.

Town & country planning

We are recognised for our successes in securing permissions for even the most challenging proposals whilst maintaining the highest possible professional standards. Our cost-effective approach is based on establishing clear strategies for scheme promotion and high quality argument and evidence. With the planning system in the UK becoming increasingly complex, applications often require a wide range of specialist consultancy skills which RPS is exceptionally well placed to deliver.

Water management

RPS recognises that integrated catchment management services deliver the greatest benefits for business, communities and our natural environment. Our dedicated team of river engineers, hydrologists, hydrogeologists, hydraulic modellers, water resource planners, ecologists and water and wastewater network management experts can provide the complete range of services necessary to deliver water resources and schemes and manage our water environment.

Workplace exposure

Our occupational hygienists can help to comply with legislation requirements and as well as improve productivity as a result of using more effective controls. Better understanding of health and safety can also lead to improved employee morale. We advise on the COSHH regulations, monitor noise and HAV in the workplace and provide LEV testing, workplace exposure monitoring and the survey of indoor air quality in buildings used by the public.