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Tuesday, 28 July 2015 @ 09:31

Galliford Try reaches financial close on £48.5M Priority School Building Batch

Galliford Try, the housebuilding and construction group, announces that it has reached financial close with the Education Funding Agency for the £48.5 million North and North East Lincolnshire batch of schools in the Priority School Building Programme.

The batch includes two new secondary schools - The Vale Academy and Baysgarth School - as well as six new primary schools - Brumby Junior School, Burton-upon-Stather Primary School, Oasis Academy Henderson Avenue, Crosby Primary School, The Grange Primary School and Great Coates Primary School.

Greg Fitzgerald, Executive Chairman of Galliford Try, commented: "Reaching this agreement with the EFA marks another significant milestone for our business as we continue to make considerable progress in the education sector. We look forward to working with all the stakeholders involved to ensure these school buildings help provide a first class educational environment for the students of the region."


Galliford Try - Greg Fitzgerald, Executive Chairman 01895 855001
                     Graham Prothero, Finance Director

Wednesday, 22 July 2015 @ 08:43

Galliford try appointed delivery partner for highways England motorways programme

Galliford Try, the housebuilding and construction group, announces that its Infrastructure business has, in joint venture with Costain, been appointed as a delivery partner by Highways England for its Smart Motorways programme which is worth a total of £1.55 billion.

The programme will see 292 extra lane miles added to motorways. The hard shoulder will be converted to a traffic lane and signing and technology will tell drivers what speed to drive at, if lanes are blocked or closed and about incidents up ahead.

The Galliford Try and Costain joint venture has won a construction package including delivery of the M1 J19 to J16 Smart Motorway in Northamptonshire, starting this autumn at a value of £65 million. It has also been appointed to construct two future schemes: the M1 J24 to J25 in the East Midlands, and the M1 J13 to J16 in Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire. Both are expected to commence in 2016/17 at an estimated combined value of up to £302 million subject to the agreement of target costs.

Greg Fitzgerald, Executive Chairman of Galliford Try, commented: "We're delighted to have furthered our relationship with Highways England following our appointment to its Collaborative Delivery Framework last November. Our Highways business continues to go from strength to strength and the highways sector will be key for us over the next few years."

Galliford Try - Greg Fitzgerald, Executive Chairman     01895 855001
                    Graham Prothero, Finance Director

Tuesday, 21 July 2015 @ 08:54

Galliford try appointed to prestigious Birmingham conservatoire project

Galliford Try plc, the housebuilding and construction group, announces that it has signed contracts with Birmingham City University to build the £46 million Conservatoire in central Birmingham.

The new landmark building, designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, will move the Conservatoire from its existing home to the Eastside area of the city centre, adjacent to the university's Parkside building. The facility will house teaching facilities and a 500-seat auditorium as well as two additional performance spaces.

Greg Fitzgerald, Galliford Try's Executive Chairman, commented: "We are delighted to be involved in such a high-profile and significant project for both Birmingham and the surrounding area. We look forward to working with Birmingham City University and the design team to produce a world-class musical facility for both the students and the wider community."

Galliford Try - Greg Fitzgerald, Executive Chairman     01895 855001
                    Graham Prothero, Finance Director

Wednesday, 08 July 2015 @ 07:27

Galliford Try Plc - Trading Update - 8 July 2015

Galliford Try plc, the housebuilding and construction group, today provides the following update on trading for the year ended 30 June 2015. The Group expects to announce its results for the full year on 16 September 2015.

Group

  • We expect record full year results, with profit before tax towards the upper end of analysts' range.
  • Strong cash performance with net debt at 30 June 2015 of less than £20 million (2014: net debt £5.1 million), and despite landbank ahead of plan.
  • Successful sale of shared equity portfolio achieved at balance sheet value.

 

Housebuilding

  • Sales rate has further improved since the General Election. Since our last update Housebuilding sales rates averaged an encouraging 0.71 per site per week up 49% on the same period last year. Year-end sales carried forward position is £343 million (2014: £348 million).
  • Completions (including joint ventures) of 3,177 units (2014: 3,107 units).
  • Excellent performance on land with a record total landbank of 15,750 plots up 13% (2014: 13,900 plots).
  • Average Linden Homes private sales price up 7% to £327,000 (2014: £305,000).
  • Linden Homes has all plots secured for the new financial year's production and 87% of plots secured for FY 2017.
  • Further excellent growth in revenue and profits in Galliford Try Partnerships, with contracting order book of £825 million (2014: £500 million). Significant progress in the business, including opening a new office in the North West and entering into contracts on the major Silvertown Way regeneration project in London.

 

Construction

  • Growth in revenue and profits, excellent cash position of over £170 million (2014: £151 million).
  • Strong order book of £3.5 billion (30 June 2014: £1.4 billion).
  • All business units continue to experience an increase in opportunities.
  • 88% of revenue for the new financial year secured (2014: 84%).

 

Greg Fitzgerald, Executive Chairman, commented:

It has been another record year for Galliford Try, and we are pleased to see that the momentum across the Group continues, supported by encouraging market trends for all three businesses. We are also delighted with the two important acquisitions of Miller Construction and Shepherd Homes, further increasing the Group's opportunities and capacity. Labour availability and cost remain challenging but we continue to manage this effectively working closely with our supply chain. Housing market conditions remain positive and the directors take further confidence from the significant increase in the Group's landbank as well as the contracting order book within Partnerships. Following a resilient performance in Construction throughout a tough recession we are pleased to report another profitable year for the division, and are encouraged by the outlook, with opportunities growing across multiple sectors.

A conference call for Analysts and Investors will be held at 08:00am (UK time)

Participant telephone number: +44 (0)20 3139 4830

Participant passcode: 66413200#



For further enquiries:

Galliford Try Greg Fitzgerald, Executive Chairman 01895 855001

Graham Prothero, Finance Director

Tulchan Communications Martin Pengelley 020 7353 4200

Wednesday, 08 July 2015 @ 07:00

Bob Gibbon and Alan Mansfield appointments to drive sector growth for Galliford Try’s Infrastructure division

Galliford Try has appointed managing directors of two business units within its Infrastructure division. Bob Gibbon will lead Environmental and Alan Mansfield will head up Power & Security. While the company has undertaken work of this nature for a number of years the decision to create dedicated business areas is a key part of the division’s new sector-focused strategy which aims to increase turnover to £600m by 2018.

Bob joined the company in 2009 as regional director for its civil engineering business. Prior to Galliford Try he worked at Birse Civils as north-west Regional Operations Director. Bob has been instrumental in securing large volumes of new business for Galliford Try including major frameworks with the Manchester Airports Group and Midlands Highways Alliance as well as contracts for sea defence work at Blackpool, Rhyl, Colwyn Bay and South Shields.

In his new role, Bob will be responsible for driving growth across the Environmental business which incorporates the company’s ongoing flood alleviation framework with the Environment Agency and various regeneration, coastal, marine and port projects in England and Wales.

Alan joined the company from Balfour Beatty in 2003 and has held several senior roles within Galliford Try’s Water and Divisional Projects businesses most recently as Operations Director on the Scottish Water framework. He has considerable experience of managing complex bids with joint venture partners, most recently the Collaborative Delivery Framework with Highways England.

In his new role, Alan will be responsible for driving growth for the Power & Security sector which covers power transmission, distribution and generation schemes as well as Critical National Infrastructure security projects across the UK.

“Bob and Alan are highly valuable and well-respected members of the leadership team and have the proven skills and experience to further develop our burgeoning Environmental and Power & Security sectors,” said Tom de la Motte, Managing Director of Galliford Try’s Infrastructure division. “Their appointments further demonstrate our drive to promote from within where possible.”

Tuesday, 30 June 2015 @ 08:51

Galliford Try joint venture signs development agreement for major Silvertown Way regeneration project

Galliford Try plc, the housebuilding and construction group, announces that it has signed a development agreement with the Greater London Authority to secure planning and construct the Silvertown Way development in Canning Town, East London.

The proposals will create more than 1,100 mixed tenure homes across a series of individual blocks, in a scheme that has an approximate gross development value of £380 million, making it the largest standalone housing scheme the company has undertaken.

The project will be delivered through an existing joint venture vehicle with Thames Valley Housing Association. A third of the homes will be for private market rent, through Thames Valley's subsidiary Fizzy Living, while around 380 affordable homes will also be constructed for London and Quadrant Housing Association.

Galliford Try's housebuilding businesses, Linden Homes and Galliford Try Partnerships will be responsible for undertaking the development, which is proposed to include a hotel, restaurant, employment and commercial space alongside the new homes.

Greg Fitzgerald, Galliford Try's Executive Chairman, commented: "I am delighted that we have been able to work with all the stakeholders involved in this project to reach an agreement, and deliver much-needed new homes for London. As well as being a hugely significant project for our company, Silvertown Way will be a flagship regeneration project for East London, and we are committed to providing high-quality housing of all tenures for the local community."

Galliford Try - Greg Fitzgerald, Chief Executive      01895 855001

                   Graham Prothero, Finance Director

Tuesday, 16 June 2015 @ 08:30

Galliford Try cyclists pedal 981 miles for charity

A team of 87 cyclists from Galliford Try has completed a 981-mile non-stop relay in just 84 hours, raising more than £32,000 for Cancer Research UK.

The relay, independently organised by Jon Hodgins, Engineering Director at Galliford Try, and who also completed the first stage, began on 11 June at Land’s End. The team completed the event in 14 stages, arriving at John O’Groats, the final destination, late in the afternoon of 14 June. The cyclists covered 981 miles in 84 hours, travelling at an average cycling speed from start to finish of 11.7mph.

“We overcame a number of challenges including many steep climbs, strong headwinds and riding at unsociable hours including through the night on some stages. However, we were also able to ride through some stunning scenery along the route and, though it was a gruelling event, we’re pleased to have raised a significant sum of money for our chosen charity,” said Jon.

Greg Fitzgerald, Executive Chairman of Galliford Try, said: “Well done to everyone who took part. An event such as this takes hard work and commitment and reflects what we are capable of when we come together – and that includes everyone who has been involved in the event from the cyclists and their support car drivers to their supporters and donors.”

The company has pledged £5,000 towards the fundraising effort. The cyclists taking part were able to take advantage of Galliford Try’s volunteering policy which allows employees up to two days paid leave to take part in charitable or community-based activities.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015 @ 02:18

Galliford Try appoints new leader for North West business

Galliford Try plc, the housebuilding and construction group, has appointed Ed Wootton to lead its Building North West operation from the local base in Warrington.

Wootton, replaces longstanding managing director Bob Merriman who will retire later this year after spending 50 years with the company. Wootton himself has been with Galliford Try for over 20 years, starting as a graduate trainee in 1994, before working his way up through a variety of operational roles to the position of construction director, before his latest promotion.

Building North West has enjoyed considerable success in over the past few months, having been appointed to the North West Construction Hub and winning the Holywell Learning Campus project in North Wales. The business has also recently completed a number of high profile projects, including Hotel Football at Old Trafford, Manchester.

Speaking on the appointment, Galliford Try Building North and Scotland Managing Director Ian Jubb said: “I am delighted to be able to appoint a high-quality candidate such as Ed from within our own ranks to this important role. Ed is a well-respected figure in construction in the North West and I know he will build on Bob’s excellent work as we continue to deliver our strategy for disciplined growth in the region.”

For more information contact:

Ben Kunicki, PR Manager
T: 01895 855 153
M: 07918 759283
E: ben.kunicki@gallifordtry.co.uk

Thursday, 21 May 2015 @ 08:46

Double win for Linden Homes at London Evening Standard New Homes Awards

Linden Homes, part of Galliford Try’s housebuilding division, scooped two awards at the London Evening Standard New Homes Awards, held at the Dorchester Hotel in London.

Known as ‘the Gold Standard in the property world’, the awards showcase excellence in housebuilding across 13 categories and are judged by Evening Standard readers as well as by industry experts.

Linden Homes’ Guildford business was awarded ‘Best Out of London Home’ for The Yeoman at Froyle Park and claimed first place in the ‘Best Family Home’ category (between £750,000 and £1,500,000) for the same property.

Froyle Park, a development of 55 new and refurbished homes in Upper Froyle, Hampshire, was recognised for its “imaginatively designed, yet practical interiors for family living” in the ‘Best Family Home’ category, and for demonstrating that “homes in the suburbs and the commuter-belt can match the very best in the capital” in the ‘Best Out of London Home’ group.

Commenting on the award wins, Group Managing Director for Housebuilding Andrew Richards said: “The New Homes Awards carry very powerful endorsement and I am delighted that Froyle Park has been recognised with not one but two awards, building on our reputation as a leading housebuilder in London and the South East."

For more of the Group's awards click here >>>

Monday, 18 May 2015 @ 09:00

Galliford Try hosts second annual supply chain event

Galliford Try, the UK’s leading housebuilding and construction company, brought together more than 160 delegates from its supplier base at its second annual Supply Chain Briefing. The event provides suppliers with an opportunity to learn more about the company’s business plans and approach to its supply chain.

Greg Fitzgerald, Executive Chairman at Galliford Try, opened the event with an overview of the Group’s progress while Kevin Moran, Group Procurement Director, explained the measures the company is putting in place to further improve its supply chain relationships.

Kevin outlined the feedback from the company’s supply chain surveys and what actions have come about as a result of the feedback. He also provided information about the steps being taken to encourage collaborative working with all supply chain members.

Delegates were also updated on supply chain opportunities in the company’s new growth sectors and how Galliford Try is working with the supply chain to embed sustainability issues even further.

Kevin Moran, Group Procurement Director, said: “As a company we pride ourselves on maintaining the very best relationships with our supply chain and events like this are crucial to that process. Not only does it allow us to speak to a wider group about the measures we are taking to improve the collaborative process, but vitally it allows us to hear open and honest feedback and encourage greater debate and innovation for all of our businesses.”

One of the delegates, Ryan Mee from Eco 2 Solar, commented on the event: “[The Supply Chain Briefing] is an excellent concept and it's something that [the company] is streets ahead of other construction companies on and really helps us to get a view for what Galliford Try has in mind for the coming years”.