Jobs go as work on Outwood Grange’s £6.5m extension is put on hold

Outwood Arts Centre in Wakefield
Outwood Arts Centre in Wakefield

Work has been halted on a £6.5m school extension after a building firm went bust with the lost of more than 60 jobs at its Wakefield office.

Hundreds of redundancies have been made UK-wide after GB Building Solutions, the company working on a new arts and drama block at Outwood Grange Academy, went into administration.

The company confirmed that 63 jobs had been lost at its Wakefield office on Navigation Court.

Around 350 jobs in total will be lost at the company, which also has offices in Surrey, Newcastle, Rugby, and Stockport.

The firm was also building a £32m hotel in Leeds and a £27.5m teaching building at Huddersfield University.

In 2013 it was appointed as the builder of Outwood Grange’s new arts centre, which was to contain performance space, art studios, galleries and music recording studios at the Potovens Lane school.

The centre was supposed to be finished last September.

Outwood Grange Academy said there had been delays with the building work but the new facility was almost finished.

Principal Sabiha Laher said: “We are disappointed to find ourselves in this situation.

“However we have a project management team in place and to make sure the building is completed as soon as possible so students can benefit from these wonderful facilities.

“The building is 97 per cent complete and we are confident it will be ready in September.”

BDO LLP has been appointed as the administrator of GP Group Holdings and GB Building Solutions.

BDO’s Tony Nygate said: “Regrettably, it has been necessary to make all employees redundant, save for a small number to assist the Administrators.

“The joint administrators are actively seeking purchasers for all or part of the business or assets, and going forward, our priority will be to maximise recoveries for the creditors.”