Australia-headquartered Marr Contracting has opened a regional office in London, UK.
Marr’s London office will provide a base for the company’s UK and international business development, project delivery (including engineering and construction) and operations. Marr said that the office places its team closer to key clients in the UK, Europe and the Middle East.
“Post-Brexit and within the context of the UK-Australia Free Trade Agreement (FTA), there’s huge opportunity for businesses from the UK and Australia to work together. Furthermore, the UK’s stable, regulated and developed construction culture means it’s a predictable and stable place to do business,” said managing director of Marr Contracting, Simon Marr.
“We already have solid relationships established with the UK construction industry and believe there is potential to further grow our presence here,” Marr said.
Marr Contracting International – a fully owned subsidiary of the parent company Marr Contracting – will be headed up by newly appointed managing director, Tom Batley.
Batley has more than 35 years of experience in engineering construction across the power, large-scale infrastructure, nuclear, marine and offshore sectors. He spent 25 years working as a senior manager and consultant with major contractors and EPC management organisations across the UK, Europe, Asia and North America before joining Marr in 2016. He has been working with Marr’s head office team for the past two years.
“There’s a strong pipeline of major infrastructure projects in the UK over the next 20 years – including bridge construction, railway stations, heavy infrastructure, marine, nuclear power, green energy and the growing data centre market – which is our ‘bread and butter’,” said Batley.
“There’s also increasing demand for design for manufacture and assembly (DfMA) construction, which we have been successfully supporting clients in Australia and internationally with through our unique fleet of heavy lift tower cranes, so we believe we have got a lot to offer the marketplace.”