CAN Structures Ltd and CAN Geotechnical Ltd, UK specialist access and geotechnical contractors and part of the RSK group, opened an office in Dublin, Ireland, on Monday, 17 June.

The Irish office is the fifth permanent CAN base and supplements its offices in Chesterfield, Northfleet, Portishead and Glasgow (opened in May). Jona Crabtree is CAN’s new regional manager for Ireland. The company will share the premises with other RSK companies.

About 70% of CAN’s business is geotechnical projects for slope and retaining wall stabilisation and installing rockfall protection measures. The remainder involves structural repairs, construction, inspection, testing and maintenance – often including bespoke access solutions. Two major recent projects are the installation of the roof at Tottenham Hotspur’s new football stadium in North London and a highways project at the Heads of the Valleys in Wales.

Ireland has proved to be successful for CAN over the last 20 years. It has implemented rock netting for Donegal County Council, cliff stabilisation for its counterpart in Wicklow and stabilisation at the Lakeside Housing Development in Coleraine. The Dublin office enables CAN to provide direct and immediate services to operators and contractors based in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

CAN’s expansion into Ireland comes after its acquisition by RSK last October: one of 12 companies bought by the leading environmental and engineering services company in the 2018/19 financial year.

“Following the recent appointment of Colin Smith as the Scottish regional manager, we are very pleased to be able to announce that from Monday, 17 June Jona Crabtree will be the regional manager for Ireland,” commented Mark Richardson, CAN managing director.

“Jona has worked for CAN for the last 12 years. We have no doubt that he will apply his vast experience to the new role. I am confident that his energy, enthusiasm and professionalism will appeal to our clients, new and old, and that he will be instrumental in helping CAN to tap into the huge potential of the Irish market.”

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