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Press Releases

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”.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015 @ 08:48

Trading Update - Wednesday 13 May 2015

Galliford Try plc, the housebuilding and construction group, today issues its trading update for the period 1 January to 12 May 2015.

Greg Fitzgerald, Executive Chairman, commented:

"We are pleased to report all businesses - Linden Homes, Partnerships and Construction - continue to perform well with favourable market demand against a background of continuing challenges on the labour supply side in all sectors. The Group expects to report full year results in line with analysts' consensus.

Conditions in the housing market remain positive and we have been encouraged by trading through the year so far, with sales below the exceptionally strong corresponding period although significantly above the previous six months July to December 2014. The land market continues to be good. On 12 May 2015 Linden Homes exchanged contracts with Shepherd Homes to acquire their Yorkshire based housebuilding land assets comprising six current sites and five sites in planning totalling a landbank of 515 plots. We are seeing significant opportunities for our growing Galliford Try Partnerships business with the division very well placed to continue to capitalise on the strong demand for both contracting and mixed tenure developments.

The construction market is improving and our construction business is seeing growth in the order book, helped further by the benefits of acquiring Miller Construction. The improving market has enabled us to secure contracts with appropriate margins.

The Board has a clear strategy to 2018 of disciplined and sustainable growth across all of Galliford Try's businesses. With the recent appointment of a new CEO joining a strong executive team, and with the Board further strengthened by a number of non-executive appointments, the Board is confident that this strategy will continue to be executed successfully."

Housebuilding

  • £982 million of sales reserved, contracted or completed across both Linden Homes and Galliford Try Partnerships, of which £778 million is for the current financial year to 30 June 2015 (2014: £1.0 billion and £790 million respectively).
  • Since 1 January 2015 Linden Homes has been selling at a rate of 0.68 per outlet per week (2014: 0.80, July - December 2014: 0.51).
  • Strong Galliford Try Partnerships contracting order book of £0.65 billion (31 December 2014: £0.5 billion).
  • Both businesses are actively pursuing good land opportunities. The division currently has a record landbank of 15,000 plots. Linden Homes has all plots secured for 2016 together with 75% of plots secured for 2017.

Construction

  • Order book of £3.3 billion (31 December 2014: £3.2 billion).
  • 83% of next year's revenue secured (2014: 80%).
  • Experiencing strong levels of opportunities with good visibility of future work stream across all parts of the business.
  • Cash performance continues to be strong.

Conference call

A conference call for Analysts and Investors will be held at 07:45 am (UK time today)
Participant telephone number: +44 (0)20 3139 4830
Participant passcode: 50906637#

Financial Reporting Calendar



Following changes to the disclosure and transparency rules, Galliford Try has reviewed its financial reporting calendar. Going forward the Group expects to make the following financial announcements:

8 July 2015               Trading update
16 September 2015     Full year results
23 February 2016     Half year results
12 May 2016          Trading update

For further enquiries please contact:

Galliford Try - Greg Fitzgerald, Executive Chairman 01895 855001
                     Graham Prothero, Finance Director
Tulchan Communications - Martin Pengelley/James Macey White 0207 353 4200
                                           /Giles Kernick

Thursday, 07 May 2015 @ 08:39

Galliford Try Appointed To Education Contracts Worth Up To £55 Million

Galliford Try plc, the housebuilding and construction group, announces that it has been appointed to two new contracts in the education sector worth up to £55 million to the business.

Firstly, Galliford Try's Building business has reached financial close on the £38 million Hull and East Riding batch under the first phase of the Government's Priority School Building Programme. The batch includes the £18.6 million construction of Hessle High School and Sixth Form College, as well as new buildings for Eastfield, Francis Askew, Wold and Ainthorpe primary schools.

Secondly, Morrison Construction has been appointed preferred bidder by Moray Council for the refurbishment of four primary schools under the LHC Framework. The package is worth up to £17 million to the business and includes projects at Applegrove in Forres, Millbank in Buckie, Seafield in Elgin and St Gerardines in Lossiemouth.

Greg Fitzgerald, Executive Chairman of Galliford Try, commented: "Education remains a cornerstone for our Building business across the UK and we are delighted to have been awarded these contracts. We look forward to working with our partners to create school buildings fit for the provision of a high-quality education for their pupils."

For further enquiries:

Galliford Try - Greg Fitzgerald, Executive Chairman 01895 855001

                     Graham Prothero, Finance Director 

Thursday, 30 April 2015 @ 08:29

Board appointments

Galliford Try plc ("Galliford Try"), the housebuilding and construction group, is today pleased to announce the following executive and non-executive appointments and related changes to the Board:

  • Peter Truscott appointed as Chief Executive effective from 1 October 2015
  • Peter Ventress appointed Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Non-Executive Director
  • Gavin Slark appointed Non-Executive Director effective from 13 May 2015
  • Ken Gillespie promoted to Chief Operating Officer
  • Peter Rogers to retire from the Board, and
  • Greg Fitzgerald to become Non-Executive Chairman from 1 January 2016.

 

Peter Truscott is currently Divisional Chairman, South at Taylor Wimpey plc and a member of the Group Management team. Peter joined George Wimpey in 1984 and worked at CALA Homes from 1993 to 1996, before re-joining Wimpey where he held a succession of senior management positions. Peter will become Chief Executive with effect from 1 October 2015.

 

Peter Ventress is currently Chief Executive Officer of Berendsen plc and a non-executive director at Premier Farnell plc, whilst Gavin Slark is Chief Executive Officer of Grafton Group plc.  Both Peter and Gavin will become members of the audit, nomination and remuneration committees from appointment.

 

The Board has also asked Ken Gillespie to assume wider Group responsibilities in addition to his role as Construction Division chief executive. In recognition of this expanded role, Ken has been appointed as Group Chief Operating Officer as well as continuing to lead the Construction Division.

 

As planned, on Peter Ventress' appointment as Deputy Chairman Peter Rogers is retiring from the Board.  Greg Fitzgerald will become Non-Executive Chairman on 1 January 2016 until the AGM in November 2017 whereupon Peter Ventress will become Chairman.  These announcements mark the conclusion of the process to appoint a successor for Greg Fitzgerald as Chief Executive of Galliford Try, and to implement related changes to the Board.  

 

Terry Miller, Chair of the Nomination Committee, said:

"I am pleased that Peter Truscott has agreed to join Galliford Try as Chief Executive. Peter brings great knowledge and experience of our industry and the Board has every confidence in his ability to continue the strategy for disciplined growth that has already started delivering for shareholders.  

 

With the appointment of Peter Ventress and Gavin Slark, the Board brings together a good blend of fresh experience and ideas to complement an existing team who have worked together to develop the successful growth strategy."

 

Peter Ventress, Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Director, said:

"I join Galliford Try at an exciting stage in its development. Greg has made an immense contribution to the Group's success and we are delighted that his experience will continue to be available to us as Peter Truscott takes on the role of Chief Executive and leads the Group onto even greater success. The Group is in an excellent financial position with a clear growth strategy."

 

Peter Rogers, retiring Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Director, said:

"With the appointment of a new Chief Executive and new non-executive directors it is an appropriate time for me to stand down from the Board of Galliford Try."

 

Greg Fitzgerald, Executive Chairman, said:

"The Group has moved quickly to secure Peter Truscott as the new Chief Executive whilst further strengthening the Board with the appointments of Peter Ventress and Gavin Slark. I am very grateful to Peter Rogers for his significant contribution to Galliford Try over the last seven years. We have an excellent executive team, and a strong Board with a broad range of experience and skills.  I am confident that the Group will move forward to build on our achievements to date and deliver our strategy of disciplined growth."

 

There remains no other information required to be disclosed under paragraph 9.6.13R of the Listing Rules in connection with these appointments.

 

 

For further enquiries, please contact:

 

Galliford Try

Greg Fitzgerald, Executive Chairman

Graham Prothero, Finance Director

01895 855001


Tulchan Communications

James Macey White

Martin Pengelley

Giles Kernick

020 7353 4200

 

Thursday, 23 April 2015 @ 12:53

Building Awards recognise Greg Fitzgerald’s contribution to the industry

Building magazine has recognised Galliford Try’s Executive Chairman, Greg Fitzgerald, at its 21st consecutive Building Awards held on 22 April at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London. 

 

The awards are widely recognised as the sector’s most prestigious awards for excellence. Its 21 categories celebrate innovation and excellence in construction from individual projects to training and outstanding individuals. 

 

Greg received the ‘Chief Executive of the Year’ award which specifically recognises an individual who has demonstrated “excellence in management, being a driver of innovation and fostering a culture in their organisation as well as influencing the industry”. 

 

Sarah Richardson, Editor of Building and chair of the judging panel for the 2015 Building Awards, said: “Our judges named Greg Fitzgerald as Chief Executive of the Year in recognition of the fantastic job he has done in growing Galliford Try into the industry giant that it is today - both over the past year and throughout his time at the helm of the firm.

 

“The acquisition of Miller Construction last year underpinned this transformation; and in the judges’ view was a fitting cap to a career that has seen Greg win a deserved reputation both as one of the industry’s most determined leaders, and one of its most respected characters.”

 

Commenting on the award, Greg said: “The past year has been one of significant growth and change for Galliford Try. It is an honour to have been selected for this award by the judging panel and while I have done my part, it is the collective effort of all our employees that has ensured our success.”

 

Linden Homes was additionally shortlisted for the title of ‘Housebuilder of the Year’ having demonstrated “high levels of community engagement, dedication to sustainability”, and for “delivering quality, design and innovation”.

 

The judging panel was made up of senior industry figures, including directors from companies across the industry, leading construction clients, and city analysts. The event was attended by more than 1,200 industry leaders across all areas of construction.

 

You can find information on past winners of the award here http://www.building-awards.com/ and learn more about the Group’s awards here >>>

Wednesday, 22 April 2015 @ 09:10

Galliford Try Appointed Preferred Bidder for Scottish Water Framework Worth c £560 Million

Galliford Try plc, the housebuilding and construction group, announces that its infrastructure business has, in joint venture with MWH Treatment and Black & Veatch, been appointed as preferred bidder by Scottish Water for its non-infrastructure Quality and Standards IV framework. The framework starts immediately and runs for six years.

The appointment is anticipated to be worth approximately £560 million to the joint venture called ESD (Efficient Service Delivery). Works will include design and build projects, both new-build and capital upgrades, for the client's water and wastewater treatment programme.

Greg Fitzgerald, Executive Chairman of Galliford Try, commented: "We are delighted to have secured such a substantial amount of long-term business in a key sector for us. We look forward to building on our relationship with Scottish Water and bringing the benefit of our experience of collaboration across the UK water sector to Scottish Water and its customers."

For further enquiries:

Galliford Try -                 Greg Fitzgerald, Executive Chairman                   01895 855001

                                       Graham Prothero, Finance Director

Wednesday, 15 April 2015 @ 09:13

Irish Dancer Ciara performs at Galliford Try site

Professional Irish Dancer and former world champion Ciara Sexton has released the final chapter of her Fwd; Development trilogy of performances, filmed at leading construction company Galliford Try’s Earlsdon Retirement Village site in Coventry.

 

Ciara, the current female lead in Riverdance and former lead in Lord of the Dance, has been working with director Alex Taylor from Mindsweep Media to create three new performance pieces, taking Irish dancing away from its traditional staged format and into fresh and exciting territory.

 

For the final piece of the trilogy Ciara and Alex, both Coventry natives, chose the Earlsdon site to showcase the skyline of their hometown.

 

The Earlsdon Retirement Village project will create 262 apartments for affordable rent and sale, as well as a full range of communal facilities for over 55s in Coventry. It is the sixth retirement village scheme that Galliford Try has constructed on behalf of client Extra Care Charitable Trust.

 

Ciara Sexton said: “It was important for myself and Alex to complete the trilogy in Coventry and I was delighted that Galliford Try was able to help out. Irish Dancing has been everything to me and I hope that this trilogy of films demonstrates that passion to dance and how as an artform it is so much more than the traditional performance that everybody identifies it with.”

 

Galliford Try Senior Project Manager, Kevin O’Brien, said: “We were more than happy to help Ciara and Alex realise their vision and complete their filming at the Earlsdon site. The Retirement Village will be a significant addition to the Coventry skyline so it was a fitting place for them to choose to promote the city.”

 

The full video of the performance can be found at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhR92g3fuXw

 

For further enquiries please contact:

Ben Kunicki - PR Manager, Galliford Try                         01895 855153

                                                                                 07918 759283

Tuesday, 31 March 2015 @ 07:54

Galliford Try Appointed to £69 Million Riverside Quarter Development

Galliford Try plc, the housebuilding and construction group, announces that it has reached agreement with Frasers Property on the next phases of the Riverside Quarter residential development in Wandsworth.

Frasers has appointed Galliford Try to construct the next three phases of the project, worth £69 million in total to the business. Phases 5C and 5D consist of two new blocks, which will include 99 apartments for sale and an additional 50 affordable homes. Phase 6A will create a new 13 storey block providing 51 new apartments for sale and 36 affordable homes together with additional commercial units and extensive landscaping, in a much sought after residential area in South West London.

Galliford Try Executive Chairman Greg Fitzgerald commented: “Long-term relationships with valued clients are a key part of our construction strategy and we are delighted to have been able to reach agreement with Frasers to continue our partnership on such a prestigious residential development in a prime London location.”

For further enquiries:

Galliford Try -                Greg Fitzgerald, Executive Chairman                  01895 855001

                                    Graham Prothero, Finance Director

Wednesday, 18 March 2015 @ 09:29

Galliford Try Appointed To Two Major Public Sector Frameworks

Galliford Try plc, the housebuilding and construction group, announces it has been appointed to two major public sector construction frameworks in the South and North West of England.

Firstly, Galliford Try has been selected as one of six contractors featuring on all three lots of the Southern Construction Framework, covering the South West, South East and London - a further two contractors have been selected for two regions, and two more for just one region.

The four year framework is worth up to £3.9 billion for publicly procured projects from £1 million upwards in value. The framework is open to all public bodies and local and central government in the Southern region to deliver individual projects or programmes including new build and refurbishment of buildings.

Secondly, Galliford Try has also been confirmed as one of 11 contractors on the Medium Value lot (projects from £2 million to £9 million) of the North West Construction Hub worth up to £400 million over four years. Galliford Try was previously appointed to the High Value lot (projects upwards of £9 million) of the framework in July 2014. The framework again provides a procurement platform for construction services to public sector bodies across the North West.

Galliford Try Executive Chairman Greg Fitzgerald commented: "We are delighted that our strategy of pursuing frameworks with public sector partners continues to bear fruit. Long-term collaboration is a cornerstone of our Building business and we look forward to working with all those organisations involved in these frameworks to produce high-quality public buildings that add to the fabric of the nation."

For further enquiries:

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