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Return of Westpile


Westpile was back in business this month as Bachy Soletanche subsidiary W Pile reverted to the name it was born with.

Set up more than 70 years ago, Westpile went through several owners and name changes until it was closed down late last year by parent company Interserve (GE January 04).

Bachy Soletanche bought the name and nine of its piling rigs (GE March 2004) but legal restrictions meant the company could not immediately be called Westpile. It began trading as W Pile but now all ongoing pre-sale contracts are complete, the old name can be resurrected. A first-year turnover of about £4M is predicted.

'The company has always traded on quality and a very loyal client base, ' general manager Julian Gatward said.

'Two-thirds of our first year's 40 contracts are with returning clients and, as all our 30 strong workforce are from the old company, we remain experts in driven or bored steel and concrete piling.'

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