The company won the contract, expected to be worth well in excess of£1m a year, against strong competition from other bidders. One of these was W S Atkins, the Epsom based consultancy which has held the contract since 1993.
Surrey was one of the first local authorities to put out this type of work, looking ahead to the compulsory competitive tendering legislation covering various local government services, and it is believed to be the first estate management contract to come up for re-tendering.
Derek Lloyd, the county council's head of estates strategy, said: 'We examined the bids against our criteria of price and quality. We had a formidable task in choosing between three experienced consultants, but we believe that Bruton Knowles will best meet our requirements for the next five years.'
More than 40 staff at W S Atkins most of whom were employed by Surrey CC when the work was done in-house, are expected to transfer to Bruton Knowles. The present consultant will continue to provide a building design service for the council under a separate four to five year contract.
Bruton Knowles is a broadly based property consultancy which traces its roots back to 1862. The company has been particularly successful in attracting major public sector and utility clients including the Crown Estate, Buckinghamshire CC, Thames Water and East Midlands Electricity. Bruton Knowles will be opening a new office in Surrey to serve the contract.
Richard Law, Bruton Knowles' Chief Executive, said: 'This expansion within Surrey establishes Bruton Knowles as one of the largest firms of property consultants in the area and provides us with an important base from which to continue our development.'