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NIRAS's Tor Lundström (left) and Anne Vest Andersen with Paddy Abbott, Managing Director of LTS (centre), and John Mayhew, LTS Operations Director
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Building on core combined strengths – NIRAS Development Consulting and LTS merge

On the basis of mutual success, shared values, and a common vision of building a better, more equal, and stable world, LTS International Ltd and NIRAS Development Consulting have merged.

10. Oct 2018

Today, NIRAS Development Consulting announces its merger with LTS International, a UK-based consultancy and project management firm established in 1973 to support sustainable development worldwide. Over the past 45 years, LTS has developed a significant track record in the area of evaluation, climate change, land and natural resource management, as well as low carbon development.  

We are excited and proud to announce the coming together of two great organisations, each with a +45-year track record in impactful development consulting.

Paddy Abbot, Managing Director of LTS.

Both LTS and NIRAS see this strategic partnership as an important step for further growth in client-focused services. "As a key member of the NIRAS Group, LTS is now positioned as a truly global company with the expertise, resources, and enhanced capacity to support our clients in the long-term,” says Scott Geller, Business Development Director of LTS. “We feel an affinity with the NIRAS way of working, with its focus on impact and the sustainable development goals. We particularly appreciate NIRAS’s strong ethos of professionalism, excellence, integrity, and equality rooted in its Nordic heritage.”

The merger creates exciting opportunities for strengthening LTS’s project management capacity and increasing its capabilities in areas such as gender and human rights, land administration, fund management, and private sector development.    

From NIRAS’s perspective, the merger will enable both organisations to build on core combined strengths, namely agriculture, biodiversity, climate, energy, forest, land and water, as well as monitoring and evaluation. As Tor Lundström, Director of NIRAS Development Consulting, explains, “LTS is a successful and rapidly growing consulting firm with a strong reputation for delivering high-quality services. Their credibility has stood the test of time, and we welcome their team into the NIRAS family. The merger provides us with access to new markets, highly competent and dedicated staff, and complementary expertise to serve our clients better.” 

LTS has extensive experience in working with UK government departments, as well as other bilateral and multilateral donor agencies, NGOs, and private sector clients. Focusing on some of the most critical global challenges facing our planet, the company has subsidiary and representative offices in Kenya, Malawi, China, and Indonesia that will also become part of the NIRAS Development Consulting family.

The 50 LTS staff members will be incorporated into the NIRAS Development Consulting unit, forming part of the NIRAS Group. Building on the brand recognition that has been developed over the past four decades, LTS will still be known as LTS International, but now proudly part of the NIRAS Group. LTS’s head office – having been awarded the accolade of one of Scotland’s fastest growing companies in 2017 – will remain in Penicuik. This location will be NIRAS’s fourth office in the UK, along with Ascott, Cambridge, Manchester, and Glasgow. LTS will also be able to draw on NIRAS’s other UK-based business units, working in the sectors of Food Processing, Offshore Wind, and Coastal Zone Management.    

For further information on LTS international, visit their website: www.ltsi.co.uk