Design, construction and fit-out services

The CMA is investigating suspected anti-competitive arrangements in the design, construction and fit-out services sector under the Competition Act 1998.

Case reference: 50481

Case timetable

Date Action
July 2018 Decision taken to continue the investigation and extend it to include more parties (further update by the end of December 2018)
May 2018 Investigation continuing and assessing evidence (further update by the end of July 2018)
December 2017 Decision taken to proceed with the investigation
July to December 2017 Initial investigation: inspections, information gathering, including issuance of formal or informal information requests and parties’ responses

Case information

On 19 July 2017, the CMA launched an investigation into suspected anti-competitive arrangements in relation to the supply of design, construction and fit-out services in the UK which may infringe Chapter I of the Competition Act 1998 (CA98).

No assumption should be made at this stage that the CA98 has been infringed. The CMA has not reached a view as to whether there is sufficient evidence of an infringement of competition law for it to issue a statement of objections to any of the parties under investigation. Not all cases result in the CMA issuing a statement of objections.

If the CMA issues a statement of objections, it will provide the addressee(s) of that statement of objections with an opportunity to make written and oral representations. See here for further detail of the CMA’s Procedures in Competition Act cases.


Investigation team leader

Gary Bracken (

Assistant project director

Jennifer Brady (

Project director

Lucilia Falsarella Pereira (

Senior responsible officer

Howard Cartlidge (

Published 26 July 2017
Last updated 31 July 2018 + show all updates
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