Allma Construction and sister company Centre Plant fall into administration
Barrhead-based construction firm Allma Construction Limited and its sister company Centre Plant Limited have collapsed with the loss of 181 jobs.
Founded in 1991, Allma Construction Limited is a long-established supplier of specialist groundwork services to leading housebuilders. The company operated sites mainly through the Central Belt and Ayrshire. Centre Plant hired plant & machinery and provided haulage services mainly to its sister company.
The businesses had a combined turnover of £25 million and employed 188 staff (Allma Construction – 184; Centre Plant – 4).
Stuart Robb and Michelle Elliot, partners with FRP Advisory, who have been appointed joint administrators, said the companies have experienced a sharp downturn in recent activity in the housebuilding sector. This together with rising raw material prices and delays to the commencement of new developments has caused unsustainable financial and cash flow pressures.
The businesses have ceased trading and the joint administrators will now market the assets for sale with interested parties being asked to contact the Glasgow office of FRP Advisory as soon as possible. 181 staff have unfortunately been made redundant and seven staff are being retained to assist the joint administrators in the short term.
Joint administrator Stuart Robb said: “Allma Construction is a long-established and highly regarded supplier of specialist groundworks services to many of the leading housebuilders. Unfortunately, the business has been severely affected by a downturn in the homebuilding markets and rising labour and material costs, and despite the best efforts of the directors in exploring other options, administration was the only option.
“We will now focus on marketing the assets for sale and on providing every possible support to the staff for claims to the Redundancy Payments Office and accessing support agencies such as PACE.”