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Galliford Try hires new highways operations director

Galliford Try Highways has appointed Nick Culshaw as its new operations director.

Mr Culshaw will work with the contractor’s senior highways team to co-ordinate its work with Highways England.

He previously held a similar role with VolkerStevin and will succeed Bryan Kennedy, who has chosen to leave the company at the end of January.

Highways England revealed the winners of its £8.7bn framework last week, with 13 contractors picking up 18 separate packages.

Galliford Try won a spot on the £2.8bn Lot 7 along with Costain and Skanska UK. 

The first tranche of works will see Galliford Try working on the A303 Sparkford-Ilchester scheme as well as projects on the A47 and A12.

Last week Galliford Try announced a further £20m writedown on the £745m Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route, which is now not expected to open until next year.

The contractor’s JV with Balfour Beatty, Aberdeen Roads Limited, is expected to be grilled by the Scottish parliament’s rural economy and connectivity committee regarding the latest delays.

Senior executives at the firm also survived a shareholder revolt over plans to change rules over how the contractor awards bonuses

Commenting on today’s appointment, Galliford Try Highways managing director Duncan Elliott said: “Our business has grown at a phenomenal pace following recent bidding successes such as the Highways England DIP framework.

“Nick’s appointment will support further growth and strong business performance.”

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