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New Morgan Sindall becomes one of the UK's largest forces in construction and infrastructure

 A new force in construction launched today [7 June].  Morgan Sindall has become one of the largest construction and infrastructure firms in the country.

The new business, Morgan Sindall, has been created following a merger of Morgan Sindall Group plc’s construction and infrastructure divisions which operated under the Morgan Ashurst, Morgan Est, and Morgan Professional Services brand names.  Morgan Sindall Professional Services will trade as a separate company and will continue to work with internal and external customers. 

Graham Shennan, formerly managing director of Morgan Ashurst, heads up Morgan Sindall as new managing director.

“Our decision to combine our strengths and multi-disciplinary skills under one roof has been largely customer-driven,” explains Graham. “It comes at a time when all three businesses are increasingly working together in sectors such as transport, defence, energy, water, healthcare and education. The merger makes it much easier and more efficient for our customers to work with one joined-up business which can provide integrated services.”

The new company which employs approximately 4,800 people across a national network of local offices provides integrated services on a number of large, complex projects for customers including BAA, Airbus, Defence Estates, Highways Agency, London Underground, National Grid, E.ON and Network Rail.

Major schemes Morgan Sindall is currently involved with include the £400 million Lee Tunnel project - a joint venture scheme for Thames Water, appointment to the Highways Agency’s managed motorways framework (with JV partner BAM Nuttall) worth up to £2 billion, the Hull Building Schools for the Future framework worth around £250 million to the firm, and a circa £500 million, 10-year framework contract to deliver a programme of capital asset replacement and reinforcement for E.ON’s Central Networks eastern region. The company is also working on two London station upgrade schemes at Paddington and Marylebone.

“We are all really excited about the new business which creates one of the biggest and most robust construction companies in the UK.  It also creates significant new opportunities for further business growth and development,” says Graham. He adds: “Our goal is to be the leading construction and infrastructure company in the UK by being the best at meeting customers’ construction needs and delivering exceptional service.”

Graham Shennan has formed a new executive board which brings senior directors from Morgan Ashurst, Morgan Est and Morgan Professional Services into leadership roles within the new business. They are Martin Pitt as commercial director; Stephen Scard, managing director of Construction South; Danny Murray, managing director of Construction North; John Jenkins, managing director of Morgan Sindall Professional Services; Chris Hughes, managing director of Tunnelling; Andy Crowder, managing director of Utility Services; and Jag Paddam, managing director of Infrastructure. The company’s Rail work will be overseen by Jag Paddam and its Aviation sector business by Stephen Scard.

The new business will sit alongside parent company Morgan Sindall Group plc’s three other divisions of fit out, affordable housing and urban regeneration which are supported by the Group’s specialist investment unit, Morgan Sindall Investments.