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South coast civils merger

Business issues

The parent company of Southampton-based R&W Civil Engineering has bought Dorset firm Langley Civil Engineering.

The purchase by Chantacre will see the creation of R&W Langley. The value of the deal has not been disclosed.

With 50 staff and turnover of £4M, Langley’s customers include local authorities and the Ministry of Defence. It has also carried out sub-contract work for contractors including Hanson and Skanska. R&W has a turnover of more than £30M, employs over 250 staff and has worked on road projects in the south of England.

The new company will tender for civil engineering works up to a value of approximately £2M. The two firms had a history of working together and are currently both working on the A338 Bournemouth Spur road contract for Hanson. Langley won the drainage work, whilst R&W is responsible for earthworks and safety fencing.

R&W managing director Andy Theobald said: “Langley Civil Engineering is a well-respected civil engineering contractor with a client base that is different to that of R&W. This merger opens up many new opportunities for both companies.

“The management, operational styles and values of both businesses fit together perfectly and we hope to combine the good things from both companies, for the benefit of the growing R&W family as a whole. With R&W’s financial clout, and help from a larger team, R&W Langley will have lots of opportunity and support to grow and take on larger and more complicated work for both existing and new customers.”

Darren Langley will continue to work as a director and shareholder and John Quigley will be the new operations manager.


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