Amey plc

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Amey plc
Type Private
Industry Support services
Founded 1921
Headquarters Oxford, UK
Key people Mel Ewell, (CEO)
Employees 21,000
Parent Grupo Ferrovial, S.A.
Website www.amey.co.uk

Amey plc previously known as Amey Ltd and Amey Roadstone Construction, is a United Kingdom based infrastructure support service provider. It was once listed on the London Stock Exchange but since 2003 it has been a subsidiary of Spanish company Grupo Ferrovial, S.A.. Its head office is in the Sherard Building in Oxford.[1]

History[edit]

Amey was founded in the 1921 by William Amey as an Oxfordshire based quarry operator. The company grew during the Second World War with its involvement in the construction of Royal Air Force bases. In 1959, the company was responsible for the supply of gravel for the construction of the M1 motorway, between London and Birmingham. In the same year it became a public company.[2] It was first listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1963.

A picture of Amey Plc balast/track tamper train at Banbury station.

Between 1972 and 1989, the company was owned by Consolidated Gold Fields, and used the Amey Roadstone name. In 1974, they bought Stephen Toulson & Sons. In 1989 Hanson purchased the company for a short period before it went into private ownership until 1995, when it was refloated on the London Stock Exchange. In 2003 it was acquired by Ferrovial, but continues to trade under the Amey name.[2][3] In 2006, Amey acquired the highway and railway design consultancy, Owen Williams, allowing it to substantially grow its business and develop its own consultancy division.

Amey has continued to strengthen its consultancy business acquiring WYG Engineering Ltd in 2010, Transportation Planning (International) Ltd (TPi) in 2011 and Aquatech Engineering in 2014.

At one time Amey had its head office in Sutton Courtenay, Vale of White Horse, near Abingdon.[4]

In April 2013, Amey completed the acquisition of utilities, waste and public service providers, Enterprise plc.[5]

Operations[edit]

Amey works for the public and regulated sectors in the UK, delivering services including but not limited to; highways and rail management and maintenance, facilities management, waste collection and treatment provision of utilities services as well as consultancy services. Most of Amey’s business is UK based however it also operates in America, Australia and Qatar.

The company retains its Oxfordshire links, with its head office located on the Oxford Science Park in the city of Oxford.

Until May 2010, the company jointly owned (with Bechtel) Tube Lines, the consortium responsible for the maintenance, renewal and upgrade of the infrastructure, including track, trains, signals, civil work and stations, on three London Underground lines.[3][6]

Major projects undertaken by Amey Roadstone Construction included Mount Pleasant Airfield completed in 1986.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Contact Amey." Amey. Retrieved on 13 August 2011. "Postal address Amey plc The Sherard Building Edmund Halley Road Oxford OX4 4DQ"
  2. ^ a b "Our history". Amey plc. Archived from the original on 23 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-23. 
  3. ^ a b "Spanish firm set to buy Amey". BBC. 2003-04-16. Retrieved 2008-06-23. 
  4. ^ "Amey bids for high-flying firm." Oxford Mail. Story date: Friday 22 January 1999. Internet date: Wednesday 27 January 1999. Retrieved on 13 August 2011. "Servisair, based in Stockport, Cheshire, has operating licenses in eight countries and provides services at more than 60 airports across Europe,[...]"
  5. ^ Amey's £385M Enterprise buy moves it into utilities NCE, 28 February 2013
  6. ^ "Tube maintenance back 'in house' as new deal is signed". BBC News. 8 May 2010. Retrieved 10 May 2010. 
  7. ^ "About the Falklands". Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 

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