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Miller sells 'non-core'civils

THE MILLER Group sold its civil engineering business to housing fit-out and building specialist Morgan Sindall for £20M last month.

The move follows a strategic review in 2000 which concluded that the tunnelling and infrastructure business was 'not complementary to the firm's property, housing and construction services businesses'The deal comes hard on the sale of Miller Mining to Scottish Coal in January and completes the firm's restructuring plans.

'This move should give us the chance to be a bigger player in the markets we are good at, water, transport and tunnelling, 'said Miller Civil Engineering Services managing director Graham Grundon. Miller CES has a staff of 650 and turned over £135M in 2000 with pre-tax profits of £3.75M.The order book is £430M.

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