112 firms accused of bid rigging

23 April 2008
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24 April 2008

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has accused 112 construction companies of rigging tenders.

The construction firms named in the OFT's "statement of objections", are alleged to be caught up in "cover pricing". The term is used to describe competing contractors colluding to fix a high price for a contract, leaving buyers with a false impression of the competitiveness. This may result in the purchaser paying inflated prices for services.

The OFT alleged that a "minority" of contractors who secured business paid compensation fees to the unsuccessful firms as part of the cover pricing.

The 112 companies concerned will have the option to defend themselves in writing to the OFT. If found guilty of breaking Competition Act rules, they could be fined up to 10 per cent of their annual turnover.

Antony Faughnan, partner at EC Harris and chair of the CIPS construction group, said the discoveries were a "smear on the sector".

"We hope the situation can be resolved. Procurement is about building trust and these big issues erode the reputation of our industry," he added.

The full list of firms allegedly involved is listed below:

1. A. H. Willis & Sons Limited 2. ARG (Mansfield) Limited 3. Ackroyd & Abbott Limited together with its subsidiary Ackroyd & Abbott Construction Limited 4. Adam Eastwood & Sons Limited together with its controlling party the Sir John Eastwood Foundation 5. Admiral Construction Limited together with (for alleged infringements from 31 October 2003) its ultimate parent company A C Holdings Limited 6. Adonis Construction Limited 7. Allenbuild Limited and Bullock Construction Limited together with their ultimate parent company Renew Holdings plc 8. Apollo Property Services Group Limited formerly known as Apollo London Limited together with its former ultimate parent company Apollo Holdco Limited formerly known as Apollo Group Holdings Limited 9. Arthur M. Griffiths & Sons Limited 10. B & A Construction (Leicester) Limited 11. Baggaley & Jenkins Limited 12. Balfour Beatty Construction Limited, Balfour Beatty Refurbishment Limited, and Balfour Beatty Group Limited (for alleged infringements from 2000 onwards) and Mansell Construction Services Limited (for alleged infringements from 19 December 2003), together with their current ultimate parent company Balfour Beatty plc. For alleged infringements involving Mansell prior to 19 December 2003, Mansell and its former ultimate parent company Mansell plc 13.Ballast Nedam N.V. as the ultimate parent company of its dissolved subsidiary Ballast plc 14.Beaufort Construction (S-in-A) Limited together with its ultimate parent company Beaufort Holdings U.K. Limited 15.Bodill & Sons (Contractors) Limited 16.Bowmer & Kirkland Limited together with its subsidiaries B & K Building Services Limited and B & K Property Services Limited 17.Bramall Construction Limited and Frank Haslam Milan & Company Limited together with their current ultimate parent company Keepmoat Limited, formerly known as Keepmoat plc 18.C. J. Ellmore & Company Limited 19.Caddick Construction Limited together with its ultimate parent company Caddick Group plc 20.Carillion JM Limited 21.Chase Norton Construction Limited together with its ultimate parent company Chase Midland plc 22.Clegg Construction Limited together with its ultimate parent company Clegg Group Limited formerly known as D E Clegg Holdings Limited 23.Connaught Partnerships Limited together with its ultimate parent company Connaught plc 24.Crown Point Maintenance Group Limited as the ultimate parent company of its dissolved subsidiary Greenwood Building Contractors (Mansfield) Limited, for Greenwood's alleged infringements after 11 June 2002 25.Davlyn Construction Limited 26.Derwent Valley Construction Limited together with its ultimate parent company Chevin Holdings Limited 27.Dukeries Building Company Limited together with its ultimate parent company Gavco 159 Limited 28.Durkan Pudelek Limited together with its ultimate parent company Durkan Holdings Limited 29.E. G. Carter & Company Limited 30.E. Manton Limited 31.E. Taylor & Sons (Southwell) Limited, trading as Carmalor Construction 32.F. Parkinson Limited together with its ultimate parent company Mowbray Holdings Limited 33.Francis Construction Limited together with its ultimate parent company Barrett Estates Services Limited 34.Frank Galliers Limited together with its former ultimate parent company Frank Galliers Holdings Limited 35.Frudd Construction Limited 36.GAJ Construction Limited together with its current ultimate parent company GAJ (Holdings) Limited 37.G Carter Construction Limited 38.G. F. Tomlinson Building Limited together with its ultimate parent company G. F. Tomlinson Group Limited 39.G G Middleton and Sons Limited 40.G. & J. Seddon Limited together with its ultimate parent company Seddon Group Limited 41.GMI Construction Group plc together with (for alleged infringements after 6 February 2005) its current ultimate parent company GMI Construction Holdings plc 42.Geo Houlton & Sons Limited together with its ultimate parent company Geo Houlton & Sons (Holdings) Limited 43.George Law Limited together with its ultimate parent company Bosworth & Wakeford Limited 44.Greswolde Construction Limited together with its ultimate parent company Mantisson Limited 45.Hall Construction Group Limited 46.Harlow & Milner Limited 47.Harold Adkin & Sons (Sutton-In-Ashfield) Limited 48.Harper Group Construction Limited and J. Harper & Sons (Leominster) Limited together with their ultimate parent company Harper Group plc 49.Haymills (Contractors) Limited together with (for alleged infringements prior to 26 May 2004) its former ultimate parent company Corringway Conclusions plc and (for alleged infringements after 26 May 2004) its current ultimate parent company Haymills Group Limited 50.Henry Boot Construction (UK) Limited together with its ultimate parent company Henry Boot plc 51.Herbert Baggaley Construction Limited together with its ultimate parent company Baggaley Group Limited 52.Hill Bros. (Nottingham) Limited 53.Hobson & Porter Limited 54.Holroyd Construction Limited together with (for alleged infringements prior to 30 March 2005) its former ultimate parent company Holderness Investments Limited and (for alleged infringements after 30 March 2005) its current ultimate parent company Holroyd Construction Group Limited 55.Interclass Public Limited Company together with its ultimate parent company Interclass Holdings Limited 56.Interserve Project Services Limited together with its ultimate parent company Interserve plc 57.Irwins Limited and Jack Lunn (Construction) Limited together with their ultimate parent company Jack Lunn (Holdings) Limited 58.J. Guest Limited 59.J H Hallam (Contracts) Limited together with its ultimate parent company J H Hallam (R & J) Limited 60.J. J. & A. R. Jackson Limited 61.J. J. McGinley Limited, together with its former ultimate parent company McGinley Holdings Limited 62.John Cawley Limited 63.John Sisk & Son Limited together with its ultimate parent company Sicon Limited 64.K. J. Bryan (Builders) Limited 65.Kier Regional Limited together with its ultimate parent company Kier Group plc 66.Lemmeleg Limited together with its ultimate parent company Rok plc 67.Lindum Construction Co. Limited and Lindum Homes Limited together with their ultimate parent company Lindum Group Limited 68.Linford Group Limited together with its ultimate parent company F. & E. V. Linford Limited 69.Loach Construction & Development Limited 70.Lotus Construction Limited 71.Milward Construction (Belper) Limited 72.Morgan Ashurt plc formerly known as Bluestone Plc together with its ultimate parent company Morgan Sindall plc 73.North Midland Construction plc 74.P D H Developments Limited (formerly trading as G. Hurst & Sons (Contractors) Limited) together with its ultimate parent company G. Hurst & Sons Limited 75.P. Casey & Co. Limited together with its current ultimate parent company The Casey Group Limited 76.P. Waller Limited 77.Pearce Construction (Midlands) Limited together with its former ultimate parent company Crest Nicholson plc 78.Peter Baines Limited 79.Phoenix Contracts (Leicester) Limited 80.Piper Construction Midlands Limited together with its ultimate parent company Piper Securities Holdings Limited 81.Propencity Group Limited together with its wholly owned subsidiary companies, ISG Jackson Limited, ISG Regions Limited formerly known as ISG Totty Limited, ISG Totty Building Limited and Propencity Limited 82.Quarmby Construction Company Limited together with its ultimate parent company St James Securities Holdings Limited 83.Quarmby Construction (Special Projects) Limited together with its ultimate parent company Justgrade Limited 84.R Durtnell & Sons Limited together with its ultimate parent company R Durtnell & Sons (Holdings) Limited 85.R. G. Carter Limited, R. G. Carter Building Limited and R. G. Carter Construction Limited together with their current ultimate parent company R. G. Carter Holdings Limited 86.Richardson Projects Limited 87.Robert Bruce Construction Limited 88.Robert Woodhead Limited together with its ultimate parent company Robert Woodhead Holdings Limited 89.Robinson & Sawdon Limited 90.Shaylor Construction Limited 91.Simons Construction Limited and Wrights Construction (Lincoln) Limited together with their ultimate parent company Simons Group Limited 92.Sol Construction Limited together with its ultimate parent company Barkbury Limited 93.Speller-Metcalfe Limited 94.Spicers (Builders) Limited 95.Stainforth Construction Limited 96.Strata Construction Limited (formerly trading as Weaver) 97.T. & C. Williams (Builders) Limited 98.T. Denman & Sons (Melton Mowbray) Limited 99.Thomas Fish & Sons Limited together with its ultimate parent company Fish Holdings Limited 100.Thomas Long & Sons Limited together with its ultimate parent company Radford Holdings Limited 101.Thomas Vale Construction Plc together with its ultimate parent company Thomas Vale Holdings Limited 102.Thorndyke Limited 103.Try Accord Limited and Galliford Try Construction Limited together with their ultimate parent company Galliford Try plc 104.W. R. Bloodworth & Sons Limited 105.Wiggett Bros & Co Limited 106.Wildgoose Construction Limited 107.William Sapcote and Sons Limited together with its ultimate parent company Sapcote Holdings Limited 108.William Woodsend Limited 109.Willmott Dixon Construction Limited together with its ultimate parent company Willmott Dixon Limited 110.Wright (Hull) Limited together with its ultimate parent company T. Wright & Son (Holdings) Limited 111.Wygar Construction Co Limited together with its ultimate parent company Wygar (Holdings) Limited 112.York House Construction Limited

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