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Carillion pulls out of the piling market

Carillion has confirmed that it will close its piling business, which recorded a turnover of £12M last year.

The company said the move was part of its strategy, announced 18 months ago, to scale back construction operations in the UK. A Carillion spokesman said 60 employees were affected by the announcement and the company has launched a 30 day consultation to look for alternative employment within the business for those affected.

She confirmed that piling contracts underway would be unaffected by the announcement and would continue as normal. “This means that some staff will continue to be employed within the piling division until spring next year,” she said.

Carillion’s spokesman could not confirm whether a buyer had been sought for the business. Nonetheless, the turnovers recorded in the Ground Engineering Services File show the changing fortunes of the business, with turnover falling from £15M in 2009 to £12M last year. Figures for this year are not yet available.

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