Galliford Try acquisition boosts water-services offer

Galliford Try has acquired a number of operations from product manufacturer Ham Baker to bolster its services to the water sector.

The acquisition includes a team of about 40 people – working in asset inspection, maintenance and screens, and distributor operations – who will continue to operate from Ham Baker’s premises in Stoke-on-Trent.

Galliford Try said that the operations it bought were to produce a range of engineered products for the water industry.

It planned to use this capability “as a basis to develop a low-carbon engineering offering” that would support the reuse of products and raw materials, as well as reducing waste.

Galliford Try said the acquisition formed part of a strategy that “targets organic growth and acquisition opportunities in existing and adjacent sectors”.

Last year, the construction group acquired the water business of NMCN after the company fell into administration. The £1m acquisition included Lintott Control Systems, which NMCN itself had bought in 2019.

And this year, Galliford Try acquired the Coventry-based MCS Control Systems, which it said would bring competencies that complemented those of Lintott.

Galliford Try chief executive Bill Hocking said the latest deal would bolster his firm’s capabilities in offsite build, capital maintenance and asset optimisation.

He said: “The evolution of our business means we are uniquely positioned to help our clients deliver the UK’s water needs through the improved resilience, efficiency and optimisation of their assets.”

For the year ending June 2021, Ham Baker Group reported a turnover of £18.1m across all of its businesses.

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