String of deals boosts outlook for Kier

Haydn Mursell, chief executive of Kier Group

Haydn Mursell, chief executive of Kier Group - Credit: Archant

Services giant Kier has bolstered its outlook after securing £300m worth of contracts in the wake of its takeover of rival Mouchel.

Kier's operation at Trowse. Photo: Steve Adams

Kier's operation at Trowse. Photo: Steve Adams

The EDP Top 100 company, which employs about 280 people at Trowse near Norwich, was buoyed by a string of extensions to road maintenance contracts with Highways England, as well as winning a £40m deal to deliver consultancy services for North Yorkshire County Council through Mouchel Consulting and Kier Business Services.

More than £100m of contracts were also sealed by its construction division, while Kier Business Services was picked for a £62m health and support services framework for NHS Yorkshire & Humber Clinical Commissioning Group alongside BDO, Dr Foster and Engine.

Kier announced last month that it was on course to deliver £4m worth of savings next year after taking over rival infrastructure specialist Mouchel for £265m in June.

Haydn Mursell, chief executive of Kier, said: 'We are proud of the team's record of being Highways England's top rated supplier and are delighted to have been awarded two contract extensions. These extensions demonstrate the value and range of capabilities that we can bring to Highways England and we look forward to working in partnership with them.'

'Following the acquisition of Mouchel back in June, I am pleased to report that Kier Business Services continues to be selected for its knowledge and expertise across the health sector. Kier has a strong record of delivering healthcare development projects across the country and these new contracts increase its presence in this growing market sector.'

Last month, the company said it would look to capitalise on the government's launch of the National Infrastructure Commission, which will spend £100bn on infrastructure by 2020.

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It announced in February that it would create about 100 jobs in the east after investing £12m in expanding its construction headquarters at Cambridge Research Park, Waterbeach.

Shareholders of Norwich-based May Gurney overwhelmingly backed a £221m takeover of the firm by Kier in 2013, marking the end of the road for the Trowse-based firm as a separate entity.