A CROSS Hills structural design and engineering company has been acquired in a management buy-out.

Paul Waite Associates, based at The Crossings in Riparian Way, has been bought by its former engineering manager, Paul McDonald, in a 100 per cent share acquisition for a “significant” but undisclosed sum.

The buy-out has allowed Paul Waite, who founded the business in Ilkley in 1988, to secure the continuation of the firm and retire.

Paul Waite Associates and its sister company, PWA Geo-Environmental, which carries out land assessments and investigations to support acquisitions and developments, have 16 members of staff and a £1.1m combined annual turnover.

Among the services the company provides are structural design and engineering, flood risk assessments, drainage appraisals, earthwork modelling and development site highway and junction designs.

The business works in sectors including bespoke residential, affordable housing, recreation, healthcare, industrial, retail and commercial, and education – as well as supporting the refurbishment of historic and listed buildings.

The deal was managed by Yorkshire accountants and business advisors, Garbutt & Elliott, which has offices in Leeds and York.

Mr McDonald, who joined the company as a graduate engineer in 2006, said: “Having been in the business for 14 years, working at all levels, I felt that the time was now right for the acquisition and I’m happy with the funding mechanism agreed with Garbutt & Elliott.

“We have strong relationships with many clients, who I know well and which provides a great platform for both PWA and all those we support.

“We aim to expand our knowledge across all sectors, continuing to invest in the latest technologies and our staff to continually enhance our service to clients.

“In spite of uncertainties about the economy, we have maintained a healthy level of work throughout the pandemic and this is set to be an exciting time for me and the business.

“To be able to progress a respected company, which has been developed during the last 32 years, is a real privilege and I’m excited about the new phase which lies ahead.”

The Garbutt & Elliott team which advised Paul Waite on the sale of the business was corporate finance partner Tariq Javaid and business tax consultant, Steven Holmes, who advised on the tax implications of the transaction.