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Alness-based firm eyes more ambitious contracts with expansion plans as 11 join team

By Calum MacLeod

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Pat Munro is now looking to open a new office in Inverness as it targets larger projects.
Pat Munro is now looking to open a new office in Inverness as it targets larger projects.

HIGHLAND construction business Pat Munro (Alness) Ltd has announced plans to expand.

The construction materials and services provider is to create a major projects department which will complement and increase its existing civil engineering capabilities.

The new department will focus on larger scale projects – traditionally Pat Munro civil engineering sector has worked on contracts of under £1.5 million. The new department will allow the firm to compete for more ambitious contracts, it says.

Helping drive the expansion is the recruitment of the majority of the experienced management team from Morrison Infrastructure in Inverness, following the decision of their parent company, Galliford Try, to withdraw Morrison Infrastructure from Scotland – ultimately resulting in an anticipated 250 Scottish job losses.

Pat Munro has recruited 11 member of the Inverness-based infrastructure team, with further recruitment expected over the three to six months.

Pat Munro’s managing director, Brian Munro, said: “We are excited to have increased our capabilities and service offering to the civil engineering sector within the Highlands.

"We were saddened to learn of Galliford Try’s decision to shut down Morrison Infrastructure – particularly in our area – and were aware of the capabilities of their Inverness unit. We are delighted to have been able to secure the services of the majority of their management team, have been encouraged by their enthusiasm to our approach, and are pleased to bring their roles back under the management of a local, Highland business.”

To accommodate the increase in staffing, the Alness-based firm is also planning to open an office in Inverness.

This will also allow the business to continue its expansion of its traditional geographical work area into Moray, building upon its recently established concrete batching plant on the outskirts of Elgin.

The development follows what the firm calls a number of strategic additions in recent years, most recently sustainable, off-site building manufacturer Carbon Dynamic at the end of 2018.

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