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Amey in show for support services

AMEY is set to announce an internal restructuring next month to coincide with its latest financialresults.

Former Carillion director Robert Osborne will join Amey to head up the group's contracting business.

He will oversee the complete withdrawal of the company from competitive tendering.

Chief executive Brian Staples told Construction News that Mr Osborne had been brought in to transform the construction business.

He said: 'We want to create a construction activity in the business as a support service rather than aproject-based service.'

The arrival of Mr Osborne at the business support services group follows the retirement this month of former construction managing director Tony Lucas.

One of Mr Osborne's first tasks at Amey is expected to be the incorporation of the group's increasingly diminishing construction business into itsexpanding support services activity.

Mr Staples said: 'Amey has been exiting from the competitively tendered construction market which has become synonymous with low-margin returns and unacceptable levels of risk.'

Mr Osborne was at the centre of controversy last year when he joined what was then Tarmac to run its private finance division just weeks after leaving a similar post at the Department of Health.

Some politicians and unions condemned the move as a conflict of interest - a claim that was later denied by Tarmac.