UK PILING industry soothsayers who have been predicting a major shake-up for the last decade finally got their chance to say 'I told you so' last month.
On 3 March Leeds-based Norwest Holst Soil Engineering acquired Simplex Piling from the Britannia Group.
This was followed on 15 March by confirmation that Taylor Woodrow is to dispose of its £10M year turnover Foundation Engineering division following a major restructuring which will see the group reduce construction activity to focus on house building and property development.
Combined turnover of Norwest Holst and Simplex will be in the region of £25M.The acquisition provides Norwest Holst with offices in the South and Midlands and a precasting plant.
Simplex, established in 1905, will in future trade as Simplex Foundations. David Donovan, director of the Foundation Division of Norwest Holst Soil Engineering, will head the Simplex operation.
Quite what this all means in terms of capacity, jobs supply and demand is uncertain, but the soothsayers are already promising more changes will follow.