Octavius buys rail electrification design consultant Navitas

Contractor Octavius Infrastructure has bought London-based specialist rail consultant Navitas Engineering Group.

Navitas, through Navitas Engineering and Permarail, provides electrical engineering consultancy services to both the railway and electricity supply industries.

Its 30-strong team complete value-add asset life-cycle services ranging from technical specifications and standards, feasibility studies, through to outline and detailed design, as well as engineering support during projects.

Louis Nel, who formed the business 12 years ago, will continue to lead the firm, as managing director – Navitas, operating separately within the wider business.

John Dowsett, CEO Octavius, said: “This deal represents another important milestone for Octavius in adding more specialist capability.

“We are continuing to grow our presence in rail electrification following our recent appointment as Electrification & Plant partner in the Southern Renewals Enterprise with Network Rail in CP7 and CP8.

“The acquisition also serves our commitment to supporting the decarbonisation agenda.”

Completing this purchase so closely after our recent acquisition of R&W Civil Engineering is a testament to the support we have from Sullivan Street Partners in reinvesting into our long term business strategy that is focused on ambitious, but sustainable growth.”

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