The firm was the main trading arm of the Ennis Group, which employed around 200 staff out of its Manchester office.
According to a source at the company around half the staff have lost their jobs, but the remaining employees are working for Ennis Construction ltd and Ennis Construction Airports, which continue to trade normally.
The £25m turnover company worked for main contractors like Laing O’Rourke, Mace and Lend Lease on major projects across the north of England.
The contrator started out as a roads, sewers and car park specialist 40 years ago but branched out through the Jim Ennis Construction brand into concreting work on major projects like the Trafford Centre and City of Manchester Stadium.
The surviving business Ennis Construction is working for the Kier, Murphy, Interserve consortium on United Utilities’ infrastructure programme in Preston and Cumbria.
The firm will also finish a school project for Carillion in Manchester.
On the airport side, Ennis Construction Airports has contracts for car parks at Manchester Airport.
The insider told the Enquirer: “In a way we have returned to our roots, carrying out traditional civil engineering work.”