Lanes snaps up Irish group Arlo
Lanes Group has acquired Irish group Arlo, owner of drainage, industrial and waste management services provider AQS Environmental Solutions, for an undisclosed sum. It is Lanes' second acquisition since November 2015, when wholly-owned subsidiary UKDN Waterflow (LG) acquired the business and certain assets of UKDN Waterflow (in administration) and UKDN Waterflow Technical Services (in administration).
Tipperary-based Arlo Group comprises AQS Environmental Solutions and Acorn Recycling, a sludge-to-compost recycling company. AQS Environmental Solutions provides a wide range of specialist drainage services to local authorities, private industry and residential customers across Ireland. The management team at AQS Environmental Solutions will remain in place. The company has 60 employees, and has a particularly strong presence in wastewater tankering, as well as waste management.
The acquisitions create a group of companies with 1,703 staff, 27 operating centres and five utility hubs.
Richard Leigh, business development director of Lanes Group, said: "Both acquisitions deliver new business opportunities that are an excellent strategic fit, both with our current services, and our plans for growth.AQS Environmental Solutions has sound finances, a strong brand, and a good reputation with customers in Ireland. Acquiring the company helps us achieve a strategic ambition to extend our geographical reach, where it is financially and operationally prudent to do so.
"UKDN Waterflow (LG) has a depot network which geographically broadly complements the depots we already had, and helps us to deepen our presence and capabilities in key sectors, notably highways and rail.It has also given us the opportunity to re-enter the insurance drainage maintenance and repair market, where UKDN Waterflow (LG) Ltd has a strong presence.”
UKDN Waterflow (LG) Ltd has 254 employees, who have joined Lanes Group under TUPE regulations.Leigh said key priorities in establishing UKDN Waterflow (LG) have been to meet customers and staff across the UK and give clear assurances about Lanes Group's commitment to the business, and plans for its development.
He added: "I am pleased to report that the feedback from customers has been very positive, with customers novating agreement and contracts that will allow us to build the business in 2016.”
- Severn Trent says dead fish in Telford sewers are not piranhas Freshwater tilapia - not piranhas as was previously thought – are probably the reason for a blocked sewer in Telford,... Read More >
- Welsh government to decide IDB future The Welsh government is to make a decision in the next month on the future of the Caldicot and Wentlooge Internal Drainage... Read More >
- Severn Trent gets final all-clear to buy Dee Valley Severn Trent has been given the final all-clear to purchase water-only company Dee Valley Water, after opposing... Read More >
- A glass half-full? Bringing water costs down for utility customers Mark Bullock, Balfour Beatty chief executive officer for rail and utilities, says the water sector must change its... Read More >
- INWED 2019: 'Each step was driven by choosing work I enjoy' To mark International Women in Engineering Day 2019 on 23 June, Fiona Barbour discusses her journey to becoming Mott... Read More >
- Interview: Kier Utilities' water MD Nigel Dyer Kier Utilities' Nigel Dyer tells Robin Hackett how the company is evolving to meet the changing demands on the water... Read More >
- Comment: New tech and partnerships will up the ante on leakage Closer partnerships, technology and connectivity will be the key to tackling leakage, with collaborative delivery... Read More >
- The search for safer streetworks practices Amey Utilities' HSEQ director, Gerry Mulholland, explains how the company’s 2020 Challenge and Know What’s Below... Read More >