Hydrock accelerates growth by snapping up motorsport and live music monitoring specialist

January 27, 2023

Bristol-based engineering design, energy and sustainability consultancy Hydrock has taken over a sensor technology specialist in its third acquisition of the past 12 months.

SPLtrack, which was founded in 2013, describes itself as an ideas factory that challenges convention. Its clients include Silverstone, the home of the British Grand Prix, and MSV, which owns Brands Hatch and Donington Park motor racing circuits. 

Based near Leicester, it has a reputation for delivering real-time noise, vibration and air quality monitoring data that has made it the leader in supporting industries such as motorsport, live music and construction achieve strict regulatory compliance.

Hydrock, which employs 900 people in it nine offices across the UK, said it was attracted by the SPLtrack’s entrepreneurial spirit, while its ethos closely matched its own culture and mindset.

The acquisition, financial details of which have not been disclosed, follows Hydrock’s takeover and integration last year of Newcastle and Wakefield-based civil engineering, geo-environmental and structural engineering consultancy 3E and Worcestershire-based structural and civil engineering practice CDP. 

It said these acquisitions complemented its established reputation of addressing global challenges through smart engineering solutions.

Hydrock regional director and director of acoustics and air quality Ric Hampton said SPLtrack’s monitoring solutions provided unparalleled live insights into environmental data due to integrated connectivity and intelligent power solutions, earning them a solid reputation within the industry.

“This is a fantastic addition to our acoustics and air quality division and we’re over the moon to have the opportunity to add such specialist expertise to our already high-performing team,” he said.

“With clients such as Silverstone and MSV Circuits, we’re able to accelerate our capabilities in real-time environmental monitoring and play an important role in addressing the public health crisis and meeting new WHO guidance.”

SPLtrack director Chris Beale added: “SPLtrack has taken the leap from a small-but-successful independent company to join the wealth of skill and experience that is Hydrock.

“The SPLtrack team are excited to work with new colleagues to unlock the strength of our technologies and to bring new opportunities to the group.

“Personally, I am delighted to be working alongside engineers that I have known for many years within a company I greatly respect.”

Hydrock’s recent high-profile projects have included the multi award-winning inland surfing lake The Wave near Bristol and the new home for English National Ballet in London.

Pictured: SPLtrack director Chris Beale, seated left, with Hydrock’s Ian Arthurs, Ric Hampton and Brian McConnell

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