ISG strengthens modular capability with MMC-specialist buy

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Contractor and fit-out specializer ISG has bought a bulk involvement successful ESS Group, successful a determination aimed astatine increasing its business.

ESS Group, which has office successful Manchester and Dublin, is simply a specializer successful modern methods of operation (MMC). It employs 280 unit crossed 4 offices and 3 manufacturing facilities successful the UK and Ireland.

ISG said the woody has fixed its wider concern an further MMC capability. The steadfast added that ESS Group would beryllium autarkic successful operation, but with fiscal backing from ISG. The group's MMC concern volition proceed to person a “core focus” connected nationalist assemblage projects.

Alongside ESS Modular, the radical besides includes Spatial Initiative, which it acquired successful June 2020. The UK-based school-building institution has won places connected respective Department of Education frameworks.

ISG main enforcement Matt Blowers said the concern successful MMC was important for reaching its net-zero goals. MMC mostly involves offsite operation and little labour, and cuts down connected embodied c successful the operation process.

“The ESS Group brings a wealthiness of expertise, endowment and innovation into ISG, and enables america to collectively fast-track our travel processing and implementing leading-edge built solutions that are rooted successful operational show and the highest sustainable and ethical outcomes,” helium said.

ESS main enforcement Paul Tierney (pictured) described the ISG concern arsenic “a pivotal moment” for the group. He added that it gave the specializer a “solid fiscal platform” to transportation retired its plans for maturation crossed the UK and Ireland.

In 2016, ISG agreed to a takeover by the US equity steadfast Cathexis. The contractor was past led by Paul Cossell until the main enforcement stepped down precocious past year. In its latest results for the twelvemonth ending 31 December 2020, gross dropped by fractional a cardinal pounds to £2.04bn, owed to the interaction of the COVID pandemic. It remained profitable, reporting an £8.9m pre-tax nett for the year.