Firm looking to take on Lagan staff

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John Sisk & Son has said it will finish projects currently underway with its Lagan joint venture.

Lagan Construction Group, who Sisk has been working with to deliver a number of Highways England schemes, put four of its 30 companies into administration yesterday.

A Sisk statement said: “[We are] fully committed to completing all projects currently being progressed by the Sisk Lagan Joint Venture.”

The pair were working on a £40m contract to upgrade the A19/A1058 Coast Road interchange in North Tyneside.

In November 2014, it also won a place on the Highways England’s Collaborative Delivery Framework for medium-value projects worth between £25m and £100m.

The entire five year deal, worth £5bn to improve England’s motorways and A roads, runs out in 2019 and Sisk said Lagan’s problems would not rule it out of bidding current and future jobs under the framework.

It added: “Given our scale and capabilities, Sisk is also fully committed to pursuing all existing and future tender opportunities on the Collaborative Delivery Framework.”

The firm also said it was in talks with affected Lagan staff about the possible transfers including staff on the A19 job.