A WELL-known construction company building a landmark development on Poole Quay has given notice that it intends to appoint administrators in an effort to rescue the business.

Brymor Construction is building Vespasian, the block of 64 flats plus commercial space on the site of the former Poole Pottery shop.

It built Royal Bournemouth Hospital's Jigsaw Unit and Southampton’s Horizon Cruise Terminal, as well as recently winning a contract for a state-of-the-art gym for the Saints at their Marchwood training ground.

Brymor Construction Ltd has filed a notice of its intention to appoint an administrator – a move that temporarily protects it from creditors and gives it breathing space to try and save the business from liquidation.

The Vespasian building is being carried out for developer Fortitudo, whose chief executive is Richard Carr.

Mr Carr said the Poole scheme would be finished by Fortitudo's in-house team if Brymor went into adminsitration.

He also said his company had paid Brymor up to date and on time. 

Brymor Construction, based in Denmead near Portsmouth, was established in 1987 by chairman Stephen Morton and his wife Jan. It employs more than 120 staff.

Its last set of published accounts were for the year ending March 31, 2020, when chairman Mr Morton reported a “challenging year which has impacted on both operational and financial performance”.

He wrote then: “Uncertainty surrounding the protracted Brexit negotiations saw high levels of caution and lack of commitment by institutions and investors, resulting in an indifferent and competitive market and reduced investment in capital works.”

A £30m project was postponed because of planning hold-ups, while the business decided not to accept onerous contract conditions on a further £35m of work for which it was the preferred contractor.

As a result, it relied more on residential, government and local authority-led projects which “traditionally return significantly reduced margins”.

Turnover that year fell to £66.1m from £73.45m in 2019 and Brymor made a pre-tax loss of £166,077 compared with a £1.13m profit the previous year.

The size of the workforce fell from 179 to 156 that year, with £233,017 allocated to redundancies.

In his strategic report, Mr Morton said the directors had a “reasonable expectation” that the company had the resources to continue “for the foreseeable future”.

But he added: “Risk of a deep recession, whether due to Covid-19, Brexit uncertainty or a combination of these factors is high.”

Since then, building companies across the country have been hit by sharp rises in costs, supply challenges and labour shortages.

Brymor would have been expected to file accounts in April 2022 for the year ending March 31, 2021, but in March it told Companies House that it had extended its accounting period from March 2021 to September.

Brymor Construction has not answered calls or replied to emails.