Building company closes

A BUILDING and civil engineering company which operated near Harrogate for more than 30 years has closed with the loss of 75 jobs.

Houseman & Falshaw Limited, based in Copgrove, stopped trading on December 12 and all 75 employees were made redundant.

The company, established in 1979 by Stuart Falshaw and Robin Houseman, was a design and build specialist, operating throughout the north of England on projects ranging in value from £5,000 to more than £5m, and in 2009 had an annual turnover of around £14m.

High profile projects it had worked on in the district included the £500,000 Coldstones Cut in Nidderdale, the £1m revamp of Jesmond House in Harrogate and the £5.1m development of Yorkshire’s Regional Agricultural Centre at the Great Yorkshire Showground.

Administrator KPMG said the company’s main source of work had been public sector contracts, which had experienced a significant downturn as a result of cuts in government funding together with the general economic downturn.

The assets of the company, comprising plant and machinery and crops, are being sold by KPMG’s agents, Edward Symmonds LLP.