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Carillion: 90% of Aberdeen bypass staff transferred

The vast majority of Carillion staff working on the £550m Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route job have been transferred to its JV partners Balfour Beatty and Galliford Try.

Scottish economy secretary Keith Brown confirmed that since the collapse of the contractor last month, 90 per cent of the Carillion staff had now been transferred to its partners.

Last month Construction News reported that all of Carillion’s 76 staff working on the ABWR had been offered jobs by Balfour and Galliford Try

Mr Brown said he had also gained assurances from both firms that they remained committed to the scheme.

He also gave assurances that the Scottish Government would provide assistance to both contractors to ensure the project was completed on time.

Galliford Try construction boss Bill Hocking revealed to CN this week that he expected the project to be completed in the summer.

However, Mr Brown said today that inclement weather could still impact the project’s opening date.

Earlier this week Galliford Try revealed in its half-year results that it will seek to raise £150m in equity to cover the costs of the Aberdeen scheme, as well as revealing an exceptional charge of £25m on the project.

On the day of Carillion’s collapse, both Galliford Try and Balfour Beatty said they expected to share an £80m hit on the job as a result of its partner going into liquidation.

Visiting the AWPR scheme today, Mr Brown said: “It was important to visit the project today and give site representatives some assurances about the next few months, as it has been a worrying time.

“It is just as important for my officials and Aberdeen Roads Limited to take the time to calculate the implications of this situation and consider what action should be taken to mitigate any knock-on consequences.

“However, this is an exciting phase of the project. There is clearly much still to do, and weather will play a part in the final opening date, but it feels like the beginning of the home run towards completion.”

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