Council vows repair works will be completed after collapse of roofing company

A roofing firm which won a multi-million pound contract to repair thousands of homes in Sheffield has gone into administration.

Avonside Roofing formed part of Avonside Group, which fell into administration after its profits were reportedly hit by the Covid-19 pandemic.

In 2020, the company secured a £33.5m contract with Sheffield City Council to repair and renew the roofs on about 30,000 homes over five years.

The council has now published an update for householders who are waiting for repairs to their roofs or who live in properties where work is already taking place.

Janet Sharpe, Sheffield City Council’s director of housing and neighbourhood services, said: “One of our roofing contractors, Avonside Roofing, has gone into administration and our priority now is to make sure residents who have been promised work will see that work completed.

“Any half-finished work will be checked to make sure is it safe and good until another contractor is appointed. Completed work will be guaranteed and leaseholders paying for their work will not be double-charged.

“We appreciate this is a worrying time for residents, and we are doing everything we can to mitigate against any risks.”

Begbies Traynor explained in a statement that Kirstie Provan and Gary Shankland had been appointed joint administrators of the roofing contractor.

It said: “The Group experienced a period of disrupted trading during the pandemic which, alongside margin squeeze, the impact of underperforming divisions and financial reporting issues, resulted in a requirement for extended working capital facilities.

“Despite extensive efforts from the management team, shareholders and advisors, the Group has been unable to secure the necessary funding from existing stakeholders, or third parties, to effect the required turnaround and enable continuation of trade in the current form.”

Begbies Traynor added the joint administrators had managed to secure the future of nine Avonside Roofing branches, saving 79 jobs, after they were sold.

Avonside Energy has also been acquired by the private investor Rcapital, which it said had saved another 100 jobs across the UK.

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