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Company Background and History
Our Safety & Risk Management business was originally spawned as the UK office of the US
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Vectra - Company background and history

The original Vectra safety consultancy - history file

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Vectra - Company background and history

  1. 1. Company Background and History Our Safety & Risk Management business was originally spawned as the UK office of the US engineering business Impell Corporation (part of Combustion Engineering) providing seismic qualification expertise for the design of THORP (nuclear reprocessing plant at Sellafield). The office opened in 1982 in Warrington in Risley at the heart of the UK nuclear design industry. The business was subsequently bought as part of the whole Impell business by ABB in 1990 and then by Pacific Nuclear Inc. in 1994. Pacific Nuclear and Impell Corporation merged to form Vectra Technologies Inc. with Vectra Technologies Limited being the wholly owned UK subsidiary. Following and unsuccessful attempt at a management buy-out (MBO) in 1995, the UK business was sold to AMEY plc in May 1996 along with worldwide use of the trading name except for the nuclear business in the US although the Vectra Technologies Inc business has since ceased trading. The company name changed to AMEY Vectra Limited in 1999. Once again after an unsuccessful aggressive MBO attempt and the associated removal of the Managing Director, coinciding also with the decline of the AMEY business, the AMEY Vectra was sold in 1992. After a very close shave associated with a BIMBO (Buy-In MBO) fronted by John Springate, the eventual acquirer was Volvere, the venture capitalist investor, with the company being renamed Vectra Group Limited. In November 2007, Volvere accepted a cash offer of £6m for the Vectra business from ARCADIS. Vectra Group Limited and the associated Vectra (Middle East) Limited business became wholly owned subsidiaries of ARCADIS (GMI) Limited in the UK. In January 2010, all UK based subsidiaries of ARCADIS, including Vectra Group Limited, became part of ARCADIS UK Limited (AUK) and a trading name of ARCADIS Vectra was established within the environmental business line of the AUK organisation. In 2011, the Vectra tag was dropped and branded internally as Safety & Risk Management (SRM) becoming part of the Infrastructure & Water Division (I&W) in March 2011. In June 2011, I&W along with the whole of the AUK business was restructured in a matrix management style splitting out the functions of operational delivery, client development and TKI (technical knowledge and innovation). The Vectra entity effectively failed to exist following this restructure. In November 2011, the Warrington office will close after nearly 30 years. “The Future Starts Today” or the end of an era depending on your point of view ! The turbulent history of the business is quite graphically presented by the turnover data below. £0 £5,000 £10,000 £15,000 £20,000 £25,000 £30,000 1983 1985 1987 1989 1991 1993 1995 1997 1999 2001 2003 2005 2007 2009 2011 Year £k Gross Revunue (£) Gross Revenue (£) (Rebased) BEQE breakaway EMS / ARC Breakaways Acquired by ARCADIS