UK physical security consultancy CHQ has been acquired by global IT consultancy PTS. The merger allows PTS Consulting to provide physical security expertise as part of a combined offering that meets their customers’ demand for converged IT, security and audio-visual solutions.

PTS operates in 10 countries across four continents and the merger underlines the company’s aim of excelling with a holistic offering across complementary engineering disciplines. The combined offering will target opportunities across the world where security is of critical importance such as corporate estates, government, data centres, custodial, Critical National Infrastructure and transportation.

Kevin Brownell, now a partner in PTS Consulting, said: “Since the IP revolution, physical security, IT and audio-visual have belonged on the network and this merger underlines that. Presenting physical security as a separate discipline is no longer valid and customers expect integrated solutions. CHQ combining with PTS is an example of joined-up thinking. We’ve been working together on projects for several years and the acquisition provides a seamless offering to our combined customer base.”

Over the last twelve months CHQ have worked on a broad range of projects that include data centres, government facilities, prisons and London Gateway – a major new deep-sea container port on the Thames Estuary. CHQ were also finalists in two categories at the 2013 Security Excellence Awards.

The merger will see increased investment in graduate recruitment and intern programmes for some of the most promising young engineers in surveillance, IT security and AV as PTS builds on its integrated workforce serving over 3,500 clients.

About PTS Consulting Group
PTS Consulting Group is an IT Consulting and Project Management company providing Consultancy, Managed Services and Resourcing solutions to the world’s biggest names. Founded in 1983, PTS has built a strong reputation for “substance over style” and is renowned for its impartial, vendor-independent advice, the quality of its processes and expertise of its staff. Recognised as the global leader in IT Relocation and Data Centre projects, where its experience, professionalism and quality of service come together in the most demanding of environments, PTS has delivered over 4,500 engagements across the Americas, EMEA and Asia-Pacific.