Construction exits continue as ISG, Sir Robert McAlpine and Willmott Dixon lose bosses
This week’s managerial merry-go-round continues, with ISG’s construction Managing Director Alan McCarthy-Wyper suddenly exiting the firm after just 18 months at the healm.
McCarthy-Wyper was hired by ISG CEO David Lawther in May 2013 from Balfour Beatty, replacing Craig Tatton, with the remit to streamline the company’s struggling UK construction division.
During his short tenure, McCarthy-Wyper was able to cut overheads by shrinking the division into three regions, however construction made a £1.2m operating loss this year following disappointing profits in 2013.
ISG construction Group Risk Director Phil Brown takes over his role in the interim.
McCarthy Wyper’s exit follows that of Willmott Dixon Divisional Chief Executive of Capital Works, John Frankiewicz, who announced he was bringing a 30-year spell at the company to a close at the end of the year.
He will be replaced by John Waterman, who is currently Managing Director of the company’s regional Construction office in Cobham.
Frankiewicz will return as a Non-Executive Director in 2016 after year-long sabbatical from the industry.
Sir Robert McAlpine Regional Director Vince Corrigan also announced his departure from the company after 30 years yesterday. He has been replaced by Director of Operations Tony Aikenhead.
uPVC pipes, safety glasses and Spetz app launched
This week has seen a range of new product and service launches for the construction trade.
Vinyl Pipes has launched uPVC Column Pipes, which extend the life of pipes. Column Pipes with a power lock (patent pending) will not only to raise the safety standards but improve the efficiency of Borewell installations. This Lock system, a by-product of the in-house R&D team, is designed to bear load making the pipes stress-free, torque resistant and perfect for handling high pressure water.
Conscious that using the correct glasses could prevent 90% of jobsite injuries, Milwaukee's expanded range (pictured) features anti-scratch and fog free styles, new lens colours and magnification features, complementing its 'cut resistant' gloves.
Arriving on the UK app scene, Spetz is billed as a ‘one-stop shop’ for anyone "panicked by household flooding or electricity failure," as it unites tradespeople with consumers.
Spetz founder and CEO Yossi Nevo said urgent needs come in all forms and it’s unlikely that any household has tried and trusted tradespeople to match every possibility.
"The Spetz app rapidly connects them with a suitable ‘rescue service’ in as little as 30 seconds and that rapid reassurance is completely free - it’s the tradespeople who pay for these job leads. Those start at around £6 a time, but the tradesperson can then go on to make thousands from our automated system funnelling the best and most appropriate work their way.”
Spetz is now three years old operating in Israel, Australia and is now beginning a full UK rollout, after a ‘soft’ launch.