Mini piling acquisition

Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering (BBGE) has announced that it has acquired mini piling specialist Branlow for an undisclosed fee.

According to BBGE, the addition of Branlow enhances its geotechnical services by providing a comprehensive mini and micro piling capability in the UK and Ireland. The company also provides ground anchor, soil nailing and grouting services.

Branlow, which employs more than 60 staff at regional offices in Warrington, Glasgow, West Sussex, Belfast and Dublin, is said to have experienced significant growth in recent years having made substantial investments in emerging technologies. In the year ending March 2008 Branlow turnover was £8m.

BBGE has acquired the company with a zero net debt and the aim of the management team is to grow the company significantly while maintaining Branlow’s historical success.

Recent successes include micro piling contracts in Notting Hill, London and in Gorey, Ireland, as well as for Rolls-Royce at Goodwood. Branlow has worked on major rail projects involving mini piling for platform extensions, signalling and communications mast bases, disabled access lift works and modular stations. The company has also begun a major deep basement mini piling project at Swiss Centre,

Leicester Square
in London, involving geothermal installations.

Paul Woodfield, managing director at Branlow, said: ‘As part of construction giant Balfour Beatty, BBGE provides us with the ‘financial muscle’ to accelerate our research and development projects, increase investment in cutting-edge, innovative techniques and expand geographically.’