GAP Group has agreed a deal to buy Kier Fleet & Passenger Services’ (FPS) internal hire fleet.
The deal, which follows a successful tendering process, involves over 5,500 items of plant and equipment and GAP will remain Kier’s preferred supplier for hire.
And as part of the move, GAP will be given the opportunity for extended hire arrangements on the contracts involved with the purchase.
The fleet includes small tools, lifting, fusion equipment, survey equipment and plant. The purchased items are to be stored in GAP depots and will support Kier Services contracts all across the UK.
Also included in the deal is the transfer of 21 Kier FPS employees to GAP. These include plant fitters based across the UK in addition to the existing Kier FPS office staff in Wymondham, Norfolk. GAP have also taken over the running of the Bodmin Depot as part of the acquisition.
John Wilkinson, Executive Director responsible for Kier Services said, “GAP are specialists in the field of equipment hire and we chose them to take on the ownership of our internal plant fleet based on this. The strategic improvement will provide customers of Kier FPS with an enhanced service and quality equipment, while also offering greater control, improved safety and better reporting capabilities.’’
Iain Anderson, Joint Managing Director at GAP said, “The process to transfer ownership of the Kier FPS assets started in April when they issued their formal competitive tender. Following an audit of over 2,000 items, GAP is delighted to have won this contract with Kier. We are looking forward to establishing a long-standing relationship with them and are confident that the partnership will provide benefits to both of our companies going forward.”