Inverness acquisition deal targets growth in social housing

WGC Scotland, which began as William Gray Construction in 2001 and has since grown to become one of the largest in its sector in the region, has been acquired by Inverness-based GEG Capital for an undisclosed sum.

The entire 60-strong workforce will be retained, with Rhona Donnelly, Commercial Director of WGC, taking on the role of Managing Director following the transaction.

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The move will see GEG strengthen its position in the Highlands, where it already owns civil engineering and construction company, Global Infrastructure and Safety, Environment and Engineering Consulting, Mabbett. The companies already have working relationships with WGC.

WGC will continue to exist as a separate entity within the group and will target growth in the social housing, industrial and commercial sectors.

Donnelly replaces current chief executive Dougal Murray, who is retiring later this year. She has over 30 years experience in the industry and has driven growth in social housing at WGC working with clients such as Albyn Housing, Cairn Housing Association, Highland Council and Highland Housing Alliance.

She said joining GEG Capital is a “great opportunity for a Highland based and focused construction company like WGC”.

“We have a young, ambitious management team that I am confident will thrive with the additional support, expertise and training opportunities that our acquisition will bring,” she said.

A recently completed project in Avoch in the Highlands is one of several public housing projects completed by WGC.

GEG Capital Director Jia MacKenzie said the acquisition of WGC Scotland “gives us a further breadth of expertise as we continue to grow the portfolio”.

“The capabilities that the WGC team offer offer opportunities for growth within the industry and the support of the management team is in place to ensure they unleash that potential.”

Recent social housing projects undertaken by WGC in the Highlands include a 46 flat project in Avoch for the Highland Housing Alliance and Cairn Housing and a 21 flat Highland Council program in Slackbuie, Inverness.

Donnelly paid tribute to the role Murray played in the company’s growth.

“I look forward to building on the excellent relationships we have built with our loyal local customer base – particularly in social housing – and look forward to many more important developments for our communities as well as the diverse commercial and industrial projects we are developing.” perform, deliver are known for.”

GEG Capital owns companies across Scotland, UK and Ireland. In addition to construction and consulting businesses, the company owns a number of recruitment brands including Global Highland, Cammach Bryant, Be Personnel and Genesis Personnel.

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