Marr Contracting opens regional office in London

19 November 2021

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Heavy lift craneage specialists, Marr Contracting, has opened a new regional office in central London.

Although Marr Contracting has been operating internationally for more than a decade, the move to open a London office places Marr’s team closer to its clients in the UK, Europe and the Middle East.

“Post-Brexit and within the context of the UK-Australia Free Trade Agreement (FTA), there’s huge opportunity for businesses from the UK and Australia to work together. Furthermore, the UK’s stable, regulated and developed construction culture means it’s a predictable and stable place to do business,” said Simon Marr, MD, Marr Contracting.

“We already have solid relationships established with the UK construction industry and believe there is potential to further grow our presence here,” Marr said.

Marr Contracting International – a fully owned subsiduary of the Australian parent company Marr Contracting – will operate from the London Office; and will be headed up by newly appointed Managing Director, Tom Batley.

A British citizen with more than 35 years’ industry experience in engineering construction across the power, large-scale infrastructure, nuclear, marine and off-shore sectors; Batley spent 25 years working as a senior manager and consultant with major contractors and EPC management organisations across the UK, Europe, Asia and North America before joining Marr in 2016.

Recently returned from a two-year stint working with Marr’s Head Office team in Sydney, Batley said, “There’s a strong pipeline of major infrastructure projects in the UK over the next 20 years – including bridge construction, railway stations, heavy infrastructure, marine, nuclear power, green energy and the growing data centre market – which is our ‘bread and butter’.

“There’s also increasing demand for Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) construction, which we’ve been successfully supporting clients in Australia and internationally with through our unique fleet of heavy lift tower cranes, so we believe we’ve got a lot to offer the marketplace,” Batley said.

Supported by Marr’s Head Office team in Australia, Marr’s London office will provide a base for Marr’s UK and international business development, project delivery (including engineering and construction) and operations.

“Having offices in London and Sydney is a strategic advantage because we can offer round-the-clock support 24/7 and get technical solutions for our clients overnight,” said Batley.