‘Solid’ Scottish performance contributes to Kier Group results

Kier Construction Scotland has hailed its “solid” contribution to the full-year results of Kier Group as the parent company announced an increase in underlying profits and revenue.

Underlying profits for the group grew by 10% to £160 million for the year ended June 2018, while revenue increased by 5% to £4.5bn. The construction and services order book reached a record high of £10.2 billion.

Employing over 220 people from its offices in Glasgow, Aberdeen, Inverness and Newcastle, Kier Construction Scotland said its strong performance has supported this latest set of results.

Brian McQuade, managing director of Kier Construction Scotland, said: “In Scotland, Kier has secured a solid stream of new business wins. Notably, we have been appointed to the ten-year £750m Clyde Commercial Framework. This Kier Graham joint venture will deliver building and civil engineering works to the Clyde naval base at Faslane and Coulport.

“We have also strengthened our healthcare portfolio with a number of recent wins, including a £6m refurbishment programme at Royal Cornhill Hospital in Aberdeen and Dr Gray’s hospital in Elgin, developing designs for a £4.8m extension and refurbishment programme at Rowanbank Clinic, part of Stobhill Hospital and carrying out the design and build of a £3.7m, 12 bedded National Secure Adolescent Inpatient Service in Irvine.

“Education remains a key sector and we have secured our first win with hub North Scotland to build the state-of-the-art, £30m Alness Academy for The Highland Council. Through hub South West Scotland, we have recently completed the £43m William McIlvanney Campus for East Ayrshire Council and will shortly complete the refurbishment of listed buildings at Edinburgh College of Art and Murchison House, both for the University of Edinburgh.

“In a few months we will complete the restoration of one of Scotland’s oldest and most historic concert halls – the A-listed Aberdeen Music Hall. Equally we look forward to carrying out the £66m redevelopment of the Burrell Collection and the £19.4m redevelopment of the Citizens Theatre.

“We are also celebrating our first anniversary of our successful Shaping Your World™ campaign where we have pledged 1% of our workforce to act as career ambassadors, working with schools and colleges to engage with young people to highlight the huge diversity of career opportunities in the construction industry. This year alone, we have invested 500 hours engaging with nearly 6,000 Scottish school pupils.”

Group-wide Kier said its plan to offload non-core businesses is expected to raise between £30m and £50m. Alongside £20m annual savings from its Future Proofing Kier streamlining programme, the group aims to reduce debt from £375m to £250m and be in a net cash position by 2021.

Haydn Mursell, chief executive, said: “I am pleased to report a good set of results with all divisions performing well. We have launched the Future Proofing Kier programme which will streamline the business thereby enabling us to deliver a more efficient service to clients, respond to changes in our markets and capitalise on growth opportunities, whilst, importantly, also accelerating the reduction of the Group’s net debt position.

“Our strong market-leading positions, our record £10.2bn Construction and Services order books, and our £3.5bn property development and residential pipelines, will see the Group deliver on its Vision 2020 targets. In addition, the Future Proofing Kier programme positions the Group well for an improvement in operating margins and higher cash generation, culminating in a net cash position for FY21.”

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