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Murphy buys assets and contracts of Daniel subsidiary Land & Marine

Murphy Group has bought the assets and a number of the contracts of Daniel Contractors subsidiary Land & Marine Project Engineering, after the latter two firms entered administration.

Administrators Deloitte confirmed that 184 jobs had been safeguarded as a result of the deal, mainly at Land & Marine’s head office at Bromborough, Wirral.

Daniel Contractors currently holds the 97th spot in the CN100 list of the industry’s largest companies, while Murphy comes in at 32.

Administrator Deloitte says it has reached agreement with two of the three main customers of Daniel Contractors, while the business continues trading with the intention that contracts and employees will transfer to other parties.

Enterprise Utility Services was brought in as an “emergency contractor” on the third main contract, which was with Welsh Water, and employees were transferred.

The Murphy deal, together with the agreements previously announced, mean 1,174 jobs have been saved from the two companies to date, out of a total of 1,449.

Construction News reported last week that 81 redundancies were to be made at Daniel Contractors, with a further 43 lost from subsidiary Land & Marine Project Engineering.

Deloitte said it will “continue to review” options for the remaining areas of the business.

Bill Dawson, joint administrator and partner in Deloitte’s Restructuring Services team, said: “We are pleased that we have been able to reach an agreement with Murphy Group that ensures a further 184 jobs have been saved.

“We have had a number of expressions of interest in the remaining elements of the group that we are hopeful may result in further business transfers.”

According to construction credit agency Top Service, more than 30 customers have reported late payment from Daniel Contractors in 70 separate reports, and the firm also has seven unsatisfied county court judgements, totalling £112,000.

Among the contracts Daniel had been working on was as principal contractor on two framework contracts for United Utilities with responsibility for the installation, exchange, repair and maintenance of water meters to household and commercial properties across the North-west.

Land & Marine Engineering

Land & Marine was a wholly owned subsidiary of Daniel Contractors, operating within the energy, power and process plant, storage tanks, pipelines and marine sub-sectors of construction.

Daniel acquired the business and assets of Land and Marine Engineering from its Dutch parent, SMIT International, in 2002.

Murphy will now own the assets of the firm, founded in 1953 and based in Bromborough in the North-west, as well as a number of Land & Marine’s contracts.

Daniel was founded in 1994, established by brothers George and Conal Daniel. Its core activities are utility works, civil engineering, cross-country pipelines, facilities management and plant hire.

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