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Galliford Try infrastructure MD to exit

Exclusive: The boss of Galliford Try’s infrastructure division is set to leave after three years at the firm. 

Tom de la Motte, Galliford’s infrastructure managing director, will exit at the end of next month and is to be replaced by current rail, aviation and environment managing director Nick Salt. 

It is not immediately clear if Mr de la Motte has another role lined up. 

He joined Galliford Try following the acquisition of Miller Homes’ construction division in 2014 and was initially made managing director of integrated solutions at the contractor.

He was promoted to head up Galliford’s infrastructure division in December 2014, as revealed by Construction News, following the retirement of David Bevan.

News of Mr de la Motte’s departure comes after the contractor said earlier this year it had set aside around £98m to cover the costs of legacy contracts in its construction division.

The company confirmed that 80 per cent of these costs were down to joint venture projects in its infrastructure division.

These costs costs were linked to the £550m Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route, which it was contracted to build with Balfour Beatty and Carillion, and the Queensferry Crossing, which the firm’s Scottish arm Morrison Construction has recently completed in joint venture with Dragados and Hochtief.

Both contracts were signed ahead of Mr de la Motte becoming head of Galliford’s infrastructure division, it is understood. 

Mr Salt, who will officially move into his role next week, has spent nearly five years at Galliford Try, first heading up the contractor’s rail business and then being handed the aviation and environment briefs.

Before joining Galliford Try, Mr Salt spent time as Morgan Sindall’s rail director, May Gurney’s operations director and the general manager of Birse Rail.

Galliford Try construction and investments chief executive Bill Hocking said: “Mr De la Motte has been a valuable member of our leadership team and I would like to take this opportunity to thank him for his contribution.

“I look forward to working with Mr Salt to strengthen our infrastructure division going forward.”

Galliford Try has secured a number of contracts in recent months, particularly in aviation, winning the £135m contract to build the RAF’s new fighter jet hangars in Marham in joint venture with Lagan Construction Group, and the £38m deal to deliver construction works as part of Manchester Airport’s expansion plan.

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