KPMG in Ireland has acquired leading urban planning, economics and applied research consultancy Future Analytics Consulting for an undisclosed sum. Founded by Prof. William Hynes and Stephen Purcell in 2010, Future Analytics provides services to the state, semi-state, private sector and European Commission in the areas of planning and economic consultancy. Future Analytics’ staff of 27 will be fully integrated within KPMG, and William Hynes and Stephen Purcell will lead the new KPMG Future Analytics unit. William Hynes, Stephen Purcell and their team have an extensive background in urban and regional planning, demography, economics, and strategy development.
Over the past ten years, Future Analytics have consulted on a wide range of projects in Ireland, the UK and in Europe, including the Dublin City Council Housing Strategy 2016 – 2022; Greater Dublin Drainage Project for Irish Water; A New Vision for Temple Bar for Temple Bar Cultural Trust ; coordination of the European Commission’s RESILENS – Realising European Resilience for Critical Infrastructure project; and European Commission Securing Health Emergency Planning project. They also have a strong background in supporting clients in the real estate sector with development feasibility, securing planning consent, housing strategies, stakeholder consultation and providing information dashboards to support decision making. The focus of their work is on analysing key data to support decision making by policymakers and senior decision makers in management teams, investor groups and Boards of Directors. KPMG Future Analytics will relocate to KPMG’s offices at Stokes Place, Dublin 2.
KPMG has already collaborated with Future Analytics on a number of projects, most recently on the Economic Analysis of Productivity in the Construction Sector report, commissioned by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER), and currently on the Retail Strategy for Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.
Seamus Hand, Managing Partner of KPMG in Ireland said: “Our rationale for this acquisition was to pool the dynamism, innovation and extensive experience of William, Stephen and the Future Analytics team with the expertise of our existing Deal Advisory practice, offering greater depth of research and analysis to the combined KPMG and Future Analytics client base. We believe the ability to access the highest level of data insights is key to the investment decision making process in both the public and private sectors, leading to better choices and outcomes across the board.”
William Hynes, Managing Director of KPMG Future Analytics said: “We’re very excited about bringing Future Analytics to KPMG, as we see huge benefits for our own client base as well as KPMG’s. This year marks our 10th anniversary in business and in that time Stephen and I have built a hugely successful and expert team - becoming trusted advisors to many of Ireland’s most successful organisations and businesses. We’re very much looking forward to taking the business to the next level and combining our innovative approach with the experience and expertise of KPMG to bring the most detailed and expert analysis and data to our client projects.”
Michele Connolly Partner and KPMG's Head of Corporate Finance and EMA Head of KPMG Global Infrastructure added: “Decision makers are under significant pressure to get it right in an incredibly different and fast changing world. William, Stephen and their team have set a refreshing, new standard in the development and communication of data-based evidence to inform investment choices. Our public and private sector clients recognise the value our insights provide at board level and beyond. I’m really looking forward to working with our new colleagues to provide highly nimble, pragmatic, results-based solutions to our existing and new clients.”
William is the Managing Director and is a Chartered Town Planner, a Chartered Surveyor and economist, with extensive experience in strategic planning and transportation, and a past member of the Central Statistics Office (CSO) Expert Group on national and regional population projections. He has lectured extensively on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes covering modules on planning, urban data and transport infrastructure, and is presently Adjunct Professor at University College Cork.
Stephen Purcell is an award- winning Chartered Surveyor and Town Planner. With 15 years’ experience specialising in securing planning consent for major real estate and infrastructure projects and delivering data-led strategic planning studies, Stephen has delivered consent for thousands of housing units across the Dublin Region and nationally. In 2018, he authored the SCSI Town Centre Revitalisation Study.