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Bouygues seeks to 'raise UK profile' with new divisions

Bouygues UK has announced it will operate under four new divisions in future, following a spate of acquisitions in recent years.

Executive chairman Madani Sow will lead the new divisions: Bouygues Development, Construction, Housing and Thomas Vale.

Click here for Mr Sow’s interview with Construction News, where he outlines its future plans.

Both the construction and housing management units have been structured to incorporate the activities of Warings, Leadbitter and Denne with those that already existed in Bouygues UK.

The businesses will continue to trade under their own names.

Acquisitions began in 2007 with the acquisition of Warings, followed in 2011 with the purchase of a 51 per cent shareholding in the Leadbitter group which incorporates Denne.

In 2012, Bouygues Bâtiment International acquired Thomas Vale as well as the remaining 49 percent of the Leadbitter Group.

Construction News revealed Thomas Vale had shaken up its management structure last month.

Bouygues Development will continue to be headed up by Nicolas Guérin, managing director with activities across the private and public sector with a focus on mixed-use developments, urban regeneration schemes, residential and student accommodation.

The Construction Management Unit is led by Lionel Christolomme as managing director.

The construction management business is focused on delivering schemes across the private sector - commercial, leisure and luxury residential and in the public sector (including PPPs), predominantly in healthcare and education, working with a variety of investors, developers and end-user clients.

The housing management unit is led by Paul Abson as Managing Director. Mr Abson joined Bouygues UK in 2012, following the acquisition of the Leadbitter Group where he was previously deputy chief executive.

Operating across three UK regions, central, London, and the South-east, the housing management unit’s market focus is residential and mixed tenure developments, care and extra care facilities and student accommodation, ranging from large and complex mixed-use city centre developments to small rural housing schemes.

Thomas Vale will continue to be headed up by managing director Tony Hyde.

Mr Sow said: “Following the completion of the acquisitions and particularly those that were undertaken in 2012, we have spent the last 12 months integrating our businesses. This integration is going well and I now feel the time is right to announce a new structure.

“When defining our structure and recognising that the businesses need to continue to trade under their legal entities, I wanted to ensure that we provided clarity to the market. We have done this by integrating the skills and expertise of the businesses we have across the UK. Equally important is that we raise the profile of Bouygues UK across the country and over the coming months you will see we are doing this by creating stronger visual links to the Bouygues UK brand and name throughout our business.

“In addition, as a national business, I wanted to have a clearly defined regional network of operations to fully understand the local areas in which we operate, delivering the needs of our customers in a responsible way and to enhance the quality of the built environment for the communities in which we work.”

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