About Us

About Rider Levett Bucknall

Confidence today inspires tomorrow

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 management and advisory services.

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. Taking ambitious projects from an idea to reality.

RLB has released a book and a video to commemorate its tenth anniversary in 2017.

‘Confidence Today Inspires Tomorrow: Celebrating a Decade of Achievement’ book

‘Bringing Imagination to Life’ video

Henry Cooper Portrait

1785

The pioneering spirit of RLB can be traced back to when Henry Cooper opens a firm of Quantity Surveyors in Reading, England.

I.K. Brunel Portrait

1799

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.

Henry Cooper Portrait

1895

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.

Business document detailing the renaming of the firm to Rider Hunt and Partners.

1910

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.

Bucknall Austin Portrait

1947

Bucknall Austin first opens in the United Kingdom, and has since successfully grown to over 350 people with offices throughout the UK.

Harry Wexler

1949

Rider Hunt and Partners’ first overseas office is opened in Melbourne, Australia, by Harry Wexler.

Group photo of Hong Kong office

1962

Levett & Bailey establish 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.

Group photo of Singapore office

1972

Rider Hunt and Levett & Bailey partner to establish a Singapore office.

Photo of Saudi Arabia Office Location

1985

Bucknall Austin establishes a base in Saudi Arabia.

Photo of partnership between Rider Hunt and Construction Service Limited

1991

Rider Hunt joins forces with Construction Services Limited (CSL), a firm specialising in construction cost estimating, to form Rider Hunt Levett & Bailey. (CSL was founded by Jack Matthews in Hawaii in 1968 and operated throughout the Pacific in places such as Guam, Diego Garcia, Kwajalein, and the Philippines).

Photo of Barbados bridge

2003

Bucknall Austin joins forces with a local practice in Barbados and establishes their first Caribbean office.

Photo of Dubai

2007

Rider Hunt, Levett & Bailey, and Bucknall Austin partner to form Rider Levett Bucknall (RLB).
RLB establishes an office in Dubai. Offices subsequently open in Abu Dhabi, Doha, Muscat and Riyadh.

Photo of construction project

2008

The RLB | Euro Alliance is formed – extending Rider Levett Bucknall’s reach across 22 European countries.

Photo of Rider Hunt Bucknall flag in Phillipines

2011

Based in the Philippines, Rider Hunt Liacor joins Rider Levett Bucknall.

Photo of office complex in Africa

2013

RLB team up with Pentad to enter the African market.
The alliance between RLB and Schumann Consult is established.

Photo of bridge in Toronto

2014

Toronto-based CRSP Cost Consultants joins Rider Levett Bucknall.

Photo of skyscrapers

Today

RLB celebrates ten years as a global practice. More than 3,600 people offer a variety of construction consulting services on every continent.

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 seven insights:

People Invest in our people and value their contribution

Industry Lead by example and shape the future of our industry in everything we do

Community Be aware of our social responsibilities and make our contribution to the community

Environment Be conscious of the difference we can make in creating a better tomorrow

Customers Challenge the norm, give fresh perspectives and deliver flawlessly

Suppliers Act with integrity, honesty and fairness in all our relationships

Shareholders Be a self-owned organisation, be financially robust, and deliver agreed financial plans