Trenchless contracting services added to The Cappagh Group’s technical capabilities following Allen Watson Limited acquisition.


The Cappagh Group of Companies (“Cappagh”) has announced today it has completed the acquisition of Allen Watson Limited (“AWL”).

Cappagh, founded in 1973, is a leading civil engineering services provider, serving the construction industry across the South. The company focusses on providing a dependable, agile service for large clients across the Utility, Highway, Airside and Land Remediation sectors and supplying exceptional services for construction companies and developers including recycled aggregates, utility connections and skip hire.

Allen Watson is a specialist trenchless contracting service provider, formed in 1984. It offers clients trenchless services installing Water, Gas and Electricity across the UK. A market leader in Horizontal Directional Drilling, Rock Drilling and Guided Auger Boring, AWL provides clients with solutions to the installation of essential services where conventional open-cut excavation is not desirable or possible.

Cappagh will acquire the entire Share capital and assets whilst the selling owners of Allen Watson will remain with the business and assist with its ongoing operation. Allen Watson will continue to trade under its own, recognisable, brand.

“Acquiring Allen Watson offers an exciting opportunity for Cappagh to strengthen and expand its service offering into technical trenchless contracting which is complementary to our existing skill-set” explains Michael Ferncombe, Group Managing Director of Cappagh. “With its existing prestigious clients and compatible geographical coverage, the acquisition of Allen Watson supports our strategy to lead the market and meet clients’ requirements for a single service provider to manage complex construction projects from start to finish”.

Martin Watson, co-founder and Managing Director of Allen Watson also commented “Cappagh’s acquisition of Allen Watson provides a major growth opportunity for both businesses by offering an ‘end to end’ service. As our clients and their customers’ expectations increase, we are perfectly placed to support them by providing essential services with very low disruption and disturbance. The added resources of the Cappagh Group will allow us to expand and meet their growing requirements”.

Martin Watson will remain in the business along with co-owner Peter Hodgson and all other existing staff, providing a seamless transition to new ownership.

Allen Watson will join the Cappagh Group of Companies with combined turnover that now exceeds £100M and operates nationally.


The Cappagh Group operates through its companies: Cappagh Contractors, Cappagh Public Works, Express Concrete, DC Rail and Allen Watson. Please visit for further information: