National World - Isabella Boneham
The company which built Luton Airport’s car park that went up in flames yesterday (Wednesday 11 October) went bust five weeks ago - and is involved in the building of new football stadiums. Buckingham Contracting Group, based in Buckinghamshire, won the £20m contract in July 2018 to redevelop the car park facilities at Luton Airport.
The firm ceased trading and issued a notice of intention to appoint administrators on 17 August, despite having been behind some of the biggest buildings in Milton Keynes including Stadium MK and being involved in building new football stadiums for major clubs. The firm was in the middle of building a new stand at Anfield stadium for Liverpool FC Anfield and redeveloping Fulham FC’s Craven Cottage Riverside Stand. It was also carrying out the repair works at St Andrew’s for Birmingham City football club and Northampton Town’s East Stand.
Almost 450 employees lost their jobs as a result of the collapse of the company. The firm was the biggest construction company to go into administration since Carillion, based in Wolverhampton, which folded in January 2018.