M Group moving on up after Skanska deal

05/05/2021
Chris Ames

M Group Services has completed the acquisition of Skanska UK’s infrastructure services operation.

It originally announced in December that it had exchanged contracts with Skanska for the business unit, which has revenues of £320m.

A new operating business, Milestone Infrastructure Ltd, will operate as a standalone business delivering highways maintenance, street lighting and projects through existing relationships with local authority clients. These include Devon, Somerset, North Somerset, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Surrey, Redbridge, Croydon, Lewisham, Peterborough, and Cambridgeshire.

In addition, teams delivering rail infrastructure services to Transport for London will transfer to M Group subsidiary Dyer & Butler, to become part of a larger rail business.

Milestone will continue to operate under managing director Adrian Cooke, who will report to Neil Edwards, managing director of M Group’s Transport Division.

M Group chief executive Jim Arnold said: ‘We are acquiring a highly-regarded infrastructure service business with a first-class reputation for strong and innovative service delivery across its longstanding client base.

'This acquisition extends our scope of capability in the field of highways and rail infrastructure maintenance and provides our Transport Division with considerable additional resource, experience and expertise.'

Mr Edwards said: ‘Consistent with our previous acquisitions, we will provide Milestone with the financial and operational support to expand its presence and explore new market opportunities, whilst building on its established client relationships.’

Mr Cooke added: ‘Over many years, we have established strong client relationships across the highways sector and this acquisition creates the platform for the next exciting stage of our growth. With the support of the Group, and the financial scale that this brings, we are perfectly positioned to identify new opportunities to expand our presence, cement our leading market reputation and to be the first choice for improving and maintaining highway infrastructure in the UK.’

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