Irish-UK engineering consultancy ByrneLooby has been bought by Spanish technology and engineering services firm AYESA for an undisclosed sum.

Founded in 1998, ByrneLooby now employs over 225 people in 14 offices across Ireland, the UK and the Middle East.

The company provides expert engineering and design services covering a number of specialist sectors including marine and coastal, buildings, transportation, energy, environment, water and waste management.

AYESA is one of the world's largest engineering firms and a leading provider of technology services such as artificial intelligence, data analytics, cybersecurity and cloud computing.

It has a workforce of 5,400 in 17 countries across Europe, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East, and has a turnover of approximately €256m.

ByrneLooby's management team will remain in place following the transaction.

AYESA said today's deal represents a milestone in its plans to expand into major English-speaking markets globally including Ireland, the UK, US and Australia, along with the Middle East, where major national infrastructure plans are in place.

National development plans totalling €165 billion have been committed to in Ireland, while the UK's National Infrastructure Strategy will see significant capital investment over its lifetime. In the Middle East, several big projects underpin a $7 trillion development plan.

John Byrne, Managing Director at ByrneLooby, said today's deal brings two highly complementary businesses together and represents a significant expansion to its service offering in ByrneLooby.

"We are hugely excited to join one of the world's biggest engineering and technology firms and our aim now is to drive significant growth for AYESA across our core markets through our blended capabilities and expertise, leveraging AYESA's market-leading reputation," he added.

"The robust scale of AYESA internationally and the sophisticated resources and infrastructure that underpin our business across each market will enable ByrneLooby to grow at an accelerated pace, thus realising the full potential of the ByrneLooby business and its team of industry renowned professionals," said José Luis Manzanares Abásolo, CEO of AYESA.