Adur District Council to ensure completion of Albion Street development
Released: Friday, 22 September 2023
We are taking action to make sure our Albion Street development is completed at no extra cost despite our construction firm going into administration.
Westridge Construction has been building our 49 new homes in Southwick since 2021.
Unfortunately the company has now gone into administration, which has meant that work on the site has stopped.
We are now considering a number of options to allow the final steps of the project to be completed so that local families can move into the much-needed properties.
They include working with another building contractor who would be able to pick up the work quickly, organising a managing contractor who would manage the final pieces of delivery or adopting the last stages of development management ourselves.
None of the options being considered will increase the cost of the project to us because of insurance put in place before work began, in the form of a performance bond.
Cllr Neil Parkin, the Leader of the Council, said:
“The collapse of Westridge Construction is extremely sad news for the company and all of the staff involved and we hope a solution can be found that allows them to continue working in some form.
“We have insurance to protect the Council in such circumstances so the issue will not increase the cost of the project but it will inevitably delay its completion.
“We hope to learn more about the situation from the administrators over the coming days so the final few weeks of construction work on the development can be completed and we can provide new council homes for residents in need of somewhere to live.”
We will provide updates on the development via our website and on our Facebook page.
Photo: the development in Albion Street, Southwick
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