GALLIFORD Try, the housebuilding, regeneration and construction group, has announced that following a lengthy period of negotiation the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route joint venture has substantially agreed settlement terms with the client over the final account project.

As a result of the settlement Galliford Try expects to receive a cash payment of around £32 million and incur a write-off of £52m.

It said: “The settlement brings to a conclusion a complex and challenging project, averting a lengthy and costly litigation process.

“The settlement also removes a significant distraction and uncertainty, allowing the construction business to focus on its core business, current and new projects which are expected to deliver improving margins, operating on multiple secured frameworks and in our chosen sectors.” Taken together with an adverse adjudication award on an unrelated historical contract in the period, the group will report an exceptional write-off of £61m at December 31, 2019. It was originally one of three contractors retained by the Scottish Government’s transport agency Transport Scotland to work on the 28-mile bypass round the city of Aberdeen, with it, Balfour Beatty and collapsed Carillion. Balfour also receives £32m.