Amey plc

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Amey plc
Industry Support services
Founded 1921
Headquarters Oxford, United Kingdom
Key people
Andy Milner, (CEO)
Number of employees
Parent Grupo Ferrovial, S.A.

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.. The head office for the company is in the Sherard Building in Oxford.[1]


Amey was founded in the 1921 by William Charles 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] Their operations have not been without controversy, most recently invoking complaints from clients in Birmingham [3] and also the ongoing dispute with residents in Sheffield [4]

It was first listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1963. Ronald William Amey took over the business from his father and agreed the sale of the company in 1972.[5] The family had a close association with Abingdon School where the Amey Theatre is named after them.[6]

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 names Amey Roadstone and ARC. 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 April 2003, it was acquired by Ferrovial, but continues to trade under the Amey name.[2][7]

In February 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 acquired the rail consultancy arm of WYG Engineering Ltd in July 2010, Transportation Planning (International) Ltd (TPi) in February 2011 and Aquatech Engineering in November 2014. At one time Amey had its head office in Sutton Courtenay, Vale of White Horse, near Abingdon.[8]

In April 2013, Amey completed the acquisition of utilities, waste and public service providers, Enterprise plc.[9]

In 2016, Amey acquired Travel Point Trading Ltd (TPT), a strategic asset management consultancy with a strong presence in the UK rail sector[10].


Amey works for the public and regulated sectors in the United Kingdom, selling services including 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 based in the United Kingdom; however it also operates in America, Australia and Qatar. Amey is involved in consultancy in the civil engineering industry, with a wide range of design and asset management services offered.

This includes structural design, civil infrastructure, transport systems and asset management services.[11]

In August 2012, Amey signed a 25 year private-finance-initiative "Streets Ahead" contract with Sheffield City Council to maintain the city's roads, pavements, street lights and highway trees.[11] The felling of up to 18,000 of the city's 36,000 highway trees is the subject of a campaign by local residents who argue that the majority of the trees listed for felling are healthy and could be retained using sensitive engineering solutions.[12] Reports have shown that Amey have power to decide which trees are to be maintained, leading to the felling of most mature, valuable healthy trees and replacement with low-maintenance saplings. Campaigners argue that the motivation for this is maximising profit.[13]

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.[7][14]

Major projects undertaken by Amey Roadstone Construction included Mount Pleasant Airfield, which was completed in 1986.[15]


  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. ^ Elkes, Neil (13 July 2016). "Legal dispute could cost Birmingham roads contractor £55 million". 
  4. ^ editor, Helen Pidd North of England (28 November 2016). "Sheffield trees dispute prompts 'scenes you'd expect in Putin's Russia'" – via 
  5. ^ "Hard lessons learned". Oxford Times. 
  6. ^ "The Abingdon Foundation Development Fund" (PDF). Abingdon School. 
  7. ^ a b "Spanish firm set to buy Amey". BBC. 2003-04-16. Retrieved 2008-06-23. 
  8. ^ "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,[...]"
  9. ^ Amey's £385M Enterprise buy moves it into utilities NCE, 28 February 2013
  10. ^ "Amey has acquired Travel Point Trading Ltd, in a deal managed by BCMS". BCMS. January 2016. 
  11. ^ a b Ltd, Hemming Group (2012-11-13). "Steel city highways to be 'streets ahead' under PFI". Retrieved 2017-03-14. 
  12. ^ "Sheffield Street Trees are Under Threat - Join Us And Help Save Them". Sheffield Tree Action Groups. Retrieved 2017-03-14. 
  13. ^ "Sheffield tree protesters blockade council depot as injunction begin". The Guardian. Retrieved 2017-08-24. 
  14. ^ "Tube maintenance back 'in house' as new deal is signed". BBC News. 8 May 2010. Retrieved 10 May 2010. 
  15. ^ "About the Falklands". Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 

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