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Octavius completes acquisition of specialist rail electrification design consultant Navitas.

Leading transport infrastructure provider Octavius Infrastructure Ltd (Octavius) has

completed the acquisition of specialist rail consultant Navitas Engineering Group


Navitas, through Navitas Engineering and Permarail provides electrical engineering

consultancy services to the railway and electricity supply industries. Their 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 scheme implementation, operation, and


Navitas will continue to trade under its own name and will remain as a separate

Limited company. Louis Nel formed the business 12 years ago and will continue to

lead it, joining Octavius as “Managing Director – Navitas” with immediate effect.

Commenting on the purchase, John Dowsett, CEO Octavius said:

“I am delighted we are welcoming the proven Navitas team into the Octavius family.

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.”

Navitas Engineering Director Louis Nel added:

“Navitas Engineering and Permarail already enjoy a strong and collaborative working

relationship with Octavius. This natural and exciting next step will allow us to build on

what we have achieved to date with the support and backing of Octavius.”

Navitas is a highly complementary addition to the Octavius business and represents a

key step in the strategic growth and development of their rail expertise, recognising

the importance that rail electrification will play in the future of UK transport and their

ongoing commitment to decarbonisation. This second acquisition forms part of their

strategic growth plans, adding additional capability and capacity into their teams

and expanding the breadth and depth of their oƒering.

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