Confidence today inspires tomorrow

RIDER LEVETT BUCKNALL

GLOBAL
ABOUT RLB

With a network that covers the globe and a heritage spanning over two centuries, Rider Levett Bucknall is a leading independent organisation in cost management and quantity surveying, project and programme management, asset advisory and specialist consultancy.

  • 4500
    STAFF
  • 34
    COUNTRIES
  • 110
    OFFICES
  • 240 +
    YEARS

Our achievements are renowned: from the early days of pioneering quantity surveying to landmark projects such as the Sydney Opera House, HSBC Headquarters Building in Hong Kong, the 2012 London Olympic Games and CityCenter in Las Vegas. 

We continue this successful legacy with our dedication to the value, quality and sustainability of the built environment. Our innovative thinking, global reach, and flawless execution push the boundaries. After over two centuries of taking ambitious projects from an idea to reality, we know we do more than quantity surveying – we’re ‘Bringing imagination to life’.

 

OUR VISION

CREATING A BETTER TOMORROW

The Rider Levett Bucknall vision is to be the global leader in the market, through flawless execution, a fresh perspective and independent advice. Our focus is to create value for our customers, through the skills and passion of our people, and to nurture strong long-term partnerships. By fostering confidence in our customers, we empower them to bring their imagination to life, to shape the future of the built environment, and to create a better tomorrow.

OUR VALUES

AT THE HEART OF EVERYTHING WE DO

At Rider Levett Bucknall doing the right thing matters. We believe we all have a responsibility to support the communities in which we live and work. Our global values are based on these eight insights:

    • PEOPLE
      We promote fairness, equity and wellbeing by investing in our people and valuing everyone's unique contribution.
    • WORKPLACE
      We provide an inclusive, safe working environment where everyone belongs.
    • INDUSTRY
      We lead by example and shape the future of our industry in everything we do.
    • COMMUNITY
      We create social value in the communities in which we live and work.
    • ENVIRONMENT
      We have set a global practice commitment to reach net zero emissions by 2030 and we collaborate with our industry to reduce our collective environmental impact.
    • CUSTOMERS
      We forge enduring partnerships with our customers by challenging norms, sharing fresh perspectives, and delivering flawlessly.
    • BUSINESS
      We act with integrity, honesty and fairness in all our relationships.
    • SHAREHOLDERS
      We are a self-owned and financially robust organisation that delivers on our financial plans to create value for shareholders.
    Global Board
    Our Global Board is made up of experienced leaders from all regions across the global practice who embody RLB’s beliefs and values. With a commitment to robust governance and continual improvement, the board defines and delivers global business strategy and policy, and guides RLB’s long-term direction to create value for our clients.
    Corporate Social Responsibilty
    Making a positive and sustainable impact underpins everything we do. As a responsible business, we are committed to making a lasting difference, and meeting the needs of our stakeholders now and in the future. Our programme of CSR, community and social impact activities reinforces this commitment.
    OUR HISTORY
    RLB THROUGH THE YEARS
    We've accomplished a lot in the last 240 years. Find out more about where we came from and where we're headed.
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    • 1785
      EXTRACTS FROM EARLY MEASURING BOOKS 1799 AND 1834
      The pioneering spirit of RLB can be traced back to when Henry Cooper opens a firm of quantity surveyors in Reading, England.
    • 1850
      BACKED BY ONE OF THE MOST INGENIOUS AND PROLIFIC FIGURES IN ENGINEERING HISTORY
      With a second office now open in London, the firm carries out engineering projects under the direction of I.K. Brunel, the famous Victorian Civil Engineer.
    • 1895
      A NEW PARTNERSHIP BEGINS
      Henry Cooper’s grandsons sell the London practice to John Rider Hunt. A partnership agreement is signed between the London practice and the original practice in Reading.
    • 1910
      THE FIRM IS RENAMED TO RIDER HUNT & PARTNERS
      John Rider Hunt passes away and the London firm is renamed Rider Hunt and Partners. The firm later opens offices in provincial centres throughout England.
    • 1947
      BUCKNALL AUSTIN OPENS IN THE UK
      Bucknall Austin first opens in the United Kingdom, and subsequently grows to over 350 people with offices throughout the UK.
    • 1949
      RIDER HUNT & PARTNERS OPENS IN MELBOURNE
      Rider Hunt and Partners’ first overseas office is opened in Melbourne, Australia, by Harry Wexler.
    • 1962
      LEVETT & BAILEY OPENS IN HONG KONG
      Levett & Bailey is established as a local firm of chartered quantity surveyors in Hong Kong. From a modest beginning, the practice grows with the economic expansion of Hong Kong to become one of the largest in the world, with branch offices throughout China.
    • 1972
      OFFICE OPENS IN SINGAPORE
      Rider Hunt and Levett & Bailey partner to establish a Singapore office.
    • 1985
      BUCKNALL AUSTIN ESTABLISHES A BASE IN SAUDI ARABIA
      Saudi Arabia, officially the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is a country in Western Asia constituting the bulk of the Arabian Peninsula.
    • 1991
      RIDER HUNT CONSTRUCTION SERVICES IS FORMED
      Rider Hunt with Levett & Bailey join forces with Construction Services Limited (CSL), a Honolulu firm specialising in construction cost estimating, to form Rider Hunt Construction Services.
    • 1995
      NEW OPPORTUNITIES IN THE PHILIPPINES
      Based in the Philippines, Rider Hunt Liacor joins Rider Levett Bucknall.
    • 2003
      CARIBBEAN OFFICE OPENS
      Bucknall Austin joins forces with a local practice in Barbados and establishes their first Caribbean office.
    • 2007
      THREE BECOME ONE. RLB IS BORN.
      Rider Hunt, Levett & Bailey, and Bucknall Austin come together to form Rider Levett Bucknall (RLB). RLB establishes an office in Dubai. Offices subsequently open in Abu Dhabi, Doha, Muscat and Riyadh.
    • 2008
      RLB EXTENDS ITS REACH ACROSS EUROPE
      The RLB | Euro Alliance is formed – extending Rider Levett Bucknall’s reach across 32 European countries.
    • 2013
      RLB ENTERS THE AFRICAN MARKET
      RLB teams up with Pentad to enter the African market. The alliance between RLB and Schumann Consult is established.
    • 2014
      NEW OPPORTUNITIES IN CANADA
      Toronto-based CRSP Cost Consultants joins Rider Levett Bucknall.
    • 2018
      A NEW CHAPTER BEGINS IN AFRICA
      RLB opens a new chapter in its expansion strategy following partnership with Mauritian QS leader Hooloomann & Associates.
    • 2023
      RLB TODAY - LOCAL KNOWLEDGE, GLOBAL NETWORK
      RLB reaches a global head count of more than 4,000 people, up from 1,750 people when we formed in 2007.