Brid business closes as administrators move in

Pocklington Steel Carnaby gone into administration'PA1201-4
Pocklington Steel Carnaby gone into administration'PA1201-4

A LOCAL steelwork firm has gone into administration with the loss of more than 50 jobs.

Structural steelwork manufacturer Pocklington Steel Structures, which was based in Lancaster Road on Carnaby industrial estate, entered administration on December 15 2011.

Howard Smith and Mark Firmin of KPMG Leeds were appointed joint administrators of the Bridlington business, whose premises and assets have now been placed up for sale.

Alison Anderson, PR manager of KPMG confirmed that the business - which saw turnover fall to £6.97 million in 2010 from £8.3 million in 2009 - had been put into administration.

“It was a victim of the difficult trading environment coupled with the loss of a major contract,” said Ms Anderson.

“All 54 members of staff were made redundant following the appointment of administrators as the company is unable to continue to trade.”

Pocklington Steel Structures moved to Bridlington in spring 2006 and took over the former Carnaby Structures premises in Lancaster Road.

At the time, managing director Stephen Barrett and his wife Joyce, company secretary, described the move as a ‘considerable’ financial investment for the family owned and run firm. which had operated in Pocklington for 12 years before relocation.

The firm provided and erected tailormade steel framework for a wide range of uses, at sites across the country, usually commercial or industrial buildings.

In Bridlington, they have worked on the new Emannuel Church in Cardigan Road and were also involved in The Deep submarium, in Hull.

In 2010, the company was fined £15,000 and ordered to pay over £6,000 in costs after a four metre-long metal girder crashed through the roof of an estate agents in Preston, Lancashire, narrowly missing two office workers.

The administrators have appointed an agent, Fox Lloyd Jones of Leeds, to sell the business assets, primarily plant and machinery.