Last week, the Midlothian-based ERDC Group, went into administration. At its peak the company employed 0ver 200 people. The administrators have made 73 out of the 79 people redundant.
Also last week, two Hull based construction companies went into administration resulting in the loss of 90 jobs. Quibell & Son (Hull) Limited and Humber Joiners Limited were both part of Quibell Construction Group. The Hull companies, provided construction services mainly to the public sector, and according to the administrators have been loss making for a number of years. Margins on work was getting very tight and the slightest delay in payment has been the the last straw.
Finally, Irwins, a Leeds based construction business, went into administration with the loss of 56 jobs, leaving school, university and national trust sites with building work unfinished.
In a further blow to the construction industry, a major Austrian customer of Costain has gone into administration owing it £22m for the work done on the Belvedere energy-from-waste facility in London.