Contractor buys York-based billing specialist for undisclosed sum

Laing O’Rourke has bought billing specialist Privica for an undisclosed sum.

The York-based company produces bills of quantities, estimates, cost plans and 3D visuals for the construction industry.

In an internal announcement to staff yesterday, chairman Ray O’Rourke said: “To accelerate the development of our Building Information Modelling (BIM) services, I am delighted to announce today the acquisition of Privica Ltd, a niche consultancy practice providing specialist products and services to the construction industry.”

The statement added: “We are extending our modelling capabilities to encompass ‘7-D’; the three geometric dimensions plus four further dimensions critical in the design and construction of world-class buildings and infrastructure - time, cost, lessons learnt, and asset lifecycle cost in use.”

Privica works on large civil engineering projects and does work in the earthworks arena to minimise off-site waste.