Firms would be ‘daft’ to pick up Carillion’s defunct contracts for the same price, according to the boss of one of the UK’s largest construction companies.
Kier Group chief executive Haydn Mursell said if the government wanted to get value for money, it should re-tender projects affected by Carillion’s collapse.
Some joint projects are being carried on by partners, such as Kier’s own work with Carillion on high-speed rail scheme HS2 – with Kier taking on Carillion staff.
‘Daft to step in’
However many other schemes have been left in limbo.
“The government has to choose between two competing forces,” Mr Mursell told the BBC. “Does it want them completed to a certain time frame, in which case they need to engage with the contracting fraternity quite quickly.
“Or is it about value for money, in which case, maybe a re-procurement might occur.”
He added: “Carillion's contracts were loss-making, so it would be daft to step in and take them.”