L-R Paul Gibbons, Stephen DeSimone, Bill Bordill and Tony Manuelli

Leading full-service engineering and construction consulting firm DeSimone Consulting Engineering has announced the acquisition of construction consultancy firm, Decipher. Decipher now joins DeSimone’s worldwide network of offices, amplifying DeSimone’s extensive Construction Consulting Services arm in the United Kingdom.

Based in Cheshire, England, with offices in London, Manchester, and Dubai, Decipher was founded in 2001 by Paul Gibbons, CEO. The firm has become a recognised consultancy within the UK offering bespoke construction consulting services, including quantum and project advisory, quantity surveying, project planning, dispute resolution, expert testimony, and training. Mr. Gibbons, along with director Bill Bordill and the firm’s 22-strong team, brings a wealth of industry-leading experience, with extensive experience navigating the complexities of large construction projects. The teams’ exhaustive list of successful projects includes football stadiums, waste processing facilities, rail and transportation infrastructure, and ground-up property developments.

Stephen DeSimone, Chairman and CEO of DeSimone Consulting Engineering, shared, “DeSimone has a proud Consulting Services legacy across the globe that has delivered superlative services to our clients for years. We welcome Paul, Bill, and the Decipher team as we continue to undertake transformative projects in new and exciting locations.”

The acquisition of Decipher follows the recent addition of Hebden Bridge-based structural engineering firm DP Squared to DeSimone’s international team. The move reaffirms DeSimone’s commitment to growing its presence in the UK and its commitment to excellence and superior service within the construction and engineering industry.


Paul Gibbons, CEO at Decipher, comments: “I am thrilled to join DeSimone Consulting Engineering and become a part of an impressive global family. I look forward to combining Decipher’s specialised expertise in construction with DeSimone’s renowned engineering consulting experience. DeSimone’s international reach and substantial operational capabilities will help us deliver unparalleled value to our clients and shape the future of the built environment both domestically and internationally.”

Paul Tyrer, Partner in the corporate group at Cheshire-based law firm SAS Daniels Solicitors, who provided legal advice to the sellers, added: “As a firm we have acted for Decipher for a number of years as trusted advisers in relation to corporate and employment matters; it was therefore a privilege and pleasure to apply our expertise to support Paul and Bill on this significant deal. The acquisition by DeSimone represents an important milestone for the business, enabling it to flourish and grow to the next level.”

With the acquisition, Decipher will operate as “Decipher, a DeSimone Company” and will maintain its presence in Cheshire and Manchester. The London operations will merge with the DeSimone HQ in Farringdon and Paul and Bill will lead DeSimone’s Construction Consulting Services group in the UK along with Managing Directors Lindel Reid, Nick Cane, and Stuart Bosley.

DeSimone Consulting Engineering is one of the world’s pioneering specialists in the construction industry, providing superlative expertise in several areas, including structural engineering, façade consulting, integrated design and detailing, and construction consulting services. With over 13,000 projects in 60 countries, DeSimone’s completed projects include the Wasl Tower in Dubai, the famed residential tower One Thousand Museum alongside Zaha Hadid Architects, the Grove at Grand Bay twisting towers with Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), and the Statue of Liberty Museum in the US.