Galliford Try

Galliford Try plc is a British construction and house-building company registered in Uxbridge, London. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange, and is currently a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index.

Galliford Try plc
Public limited company
Traded asLSE: GFRD
HeadquartersUxbridge, United Kingdom
Key people
Peter Ventress (non-executive chairman)
Graham Prothero (CEO)[1]
Revenue£2,931.6 million (2018)[2]
£196.2 million (2018)[2]
£118.3 million (2018)[2]
Number of employees
5,485 (2018)[2]


The company was created in 2000 through a merger of Try Group plc, founded in 1908 in London, and Galliford plc, founded in 1916.[3]

Try Group

Try was founded by William S Try, a carpenter, in 1908 in Uxbridge, west London. W. S. Try Ltd operated as a general contractor until the beginning of the 1970s, when Try Homes was formed. Despite acquisitions, housing remained on a relatively small scale, peaking at around 200 units a year in the beginning of the 1990s.[4]


Thomas Galliford established a steamroller hire business in Wolvey, Warwickshire in 1916,[5] but this closed during World War II after which his sons re-formed the company, incorporated as a civil engineering business, Galliford & Sons, on 2 April 1952.[6] Galliford became a public company in 1965. It then entered the private housing market in 1973 with the acquisition of Crabb Curtis. The housing contribution was late extended through Stamford Homes and, in 1998, the acquisition of Midas Homes, by which time the group was building around 500 houses a year.[4]

Galliford Try plc

Between 2005 and 2015 the company was led by chief executive Greg Fitzgerald.[7][8] The company expanded its construction business acquiring Morrison Construction from AWG plc in March 2006[9] and Miller Construction from Miller Homes in July 2014.[10] It expanded its housebuilding business acquiring Gerald Wood Homes in 2001,[3] Chartdale in January 2006,[11] Kendall Cross in November 2007,[12] Linden Homes in February 2008,[13] Rosemullion Homes in December 2009[14] and Shepherd Homes in May 2015.[15] All the individual house building divisions were re branded as Linden Homes in 2011.[16]

In February 2018, following the January collapse of Carillion (Galliford Try's joint venture partner, with Balfour Beatty, on the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route, AWPR), Galliford Try said it would need to raise £150m to pay for cost overruns on the project;[17] in November 2018, the company said delays would cost an extra £20m, taking its total project hit to £143m.[18] CEO Peter Truscott said the company's construction division would no longer undertake fixed price major projects of this kind.[17] On 27 March 2018, the company confirmed it had successfully raised £158m in a rights issue.[19] Truscott left Galliford Try in March 2019 with Graham Prothero appointed as new CEO.[1]

In April 2019, the company announced it would reduce its construction operation as part of a strategic review undertaken in light of additional costs from the AWPR project, and from Morrison Construction's role on the £1.35bn Queensferry Crossing project.[20] The announcement caused Galliford Try's share price to drop 19%.[21] The company subsequently announced 350 jobs were likely to be cut – mostly in Galliford Try's Scottish infrastructure operations[22] – as the company focused on core strengths in buildings, water and highways.[23] Restructuring the construction business cost the group £10m.[24]

On 24 May 2019, Galliford Try's board rejected a £950m offer from Bovis Homes (led by former CEO Fitzgerald) for the Linden Homes and Partnerships & Regeneration businesses.[25] In July, the group was said to be considering a possible demerger of construction from the more profitable housing and partnerships business, potentially in 2020/21.[26] Talks with Bovis Homes about a possible sale reopened in September 2019,[27] with a preliminary deal, valued at £1.075bn, reportedly agreed.[28] Sale of the housing business would recapitalise Galliford Try's construction business, which, following restructuring, would employ some 3,400 staff generating revenues of around £1.4bn.[29] On 7 November, it was reported that Bovis Homes had agreed a share and cash deal that valued Galliford Try's housing business at £1.1bn; the deal would be put to shareholders in December 2019, with completion expected on 3 January 2020.[30] As a consequence of the deal, Galliford Try planned to appoint Bill Hocking as CEO, succeeding Graham Prothero, set to join Bovis Homes.[31]

In July 2019, Galliford Try was suspended from the Prompt Payment Code for failing to pay suppliers on time.[32]

On 11 September 2019, the group reported revenues for the year to June 2019 of £2.863bn (down 8% from 2018); pre-tax profit was down 27% at £104.7m. Galliford Try reported a £61.5m operating loss on its construction activities, with revenues down 18%, affected also by the losses incurred on the AWPR project.[33]


The company is organised as follows:[34]

  • Linden Homes
  • Galliford Try Partnerships
  • Construction

Major contracts

Major projects include:


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