Bouygues restructures UK business to flex brand

Aaron Morby 11 years ago
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Bouygues has restructured its UK business to create four distinct management units at the £750m turnover contracting business.

The French contracting giant has quietly established a foothold in the UK through several acquisitions in recent years.

It is now seeking to promote the Bouygues name more effectively while retaining famous UK building brands.

Bouygues hit the acquisition trail with Warings in 2007, followed in early 2011 with the purchase of a 51% shareholding in the Leadbitter group which incorporates Denne.

Last year Bouygues Bâtiment International swooped on Midlands contractor Thomas Vale as well as buying the remaining 49% of Leadbitter.

The new structure consolidates the businesses under four main management units employing 1700 people.

The new units – Bouygues Development, Construction, Housing and Thomas Vale – will all report to  Madani Sow, Executive Chairman, Bouygues UK

Both the construction and housing management units incorporate the activities of Warings, Leadbitter and Denne with those that already existed in Bouygues UK.

Although the existing business brands will continue to trade as their legal registered entities.

Management team

  • Bouygues Development is headed up by Nicolas Guérin as managing director, a role he will continue to undertake in the new structure.
  • The Construction Management Unit is led by Lionel Christolomme as managing director. It will operate across four UK regions – London & South East, Western, Central South and Central North
  • The Housing Management Unit is led by Paul Abson as managing director. He joined Bouygues UK last year, following the acquisition of the Leadbitter Group where he was previously deputy CEO.
  • Thomas Vale will continue to be headed up by Tony Hyde operating as its own business unit across the Midlands

Sow said: “Following the completion of the acquisitions and particularly those that were undertaken in 2012, we have spent the last 12 months integrating our businesses.

This integration is going well and I now feel the time is right to announce a new structure.

“ We have integrated the skills and expertise of the businesses we have across the UK.

“Equally important is that we raise the profile of Bouygues UK across the country and over the coming months you will see we are doing this by creating stronger visual links to the Bouygues UK brand and name throughout our business.”

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