Robinson buys collapsed Castleoak offsite division

Grant Prior 2 years ago
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Timber frame specialist Robinson Manufacturing Limited has bought Castleoak’s offsite division from the administrators.

Will Wright and Steve Absolom from Interpath Advisory were officially appointed as joint administrators to Castleoak Offsite Manufacturing Limited and Castleoak Holdings (Cardiff Gate) last week.

Castleoak Holdings (Cardiff Gate) Limited was a property-owning entity which owned the company’s head office at Cardiff Gate Business Park in Cardiff.

Following their appointment, the joint administrators were pleased concluded a sale of the assets of Castleoak Offsite Manufacturing Limited to Robinson Manufacturing Limited.

Robinson plans to restart production at the site in Ebbw Vale, and will seek opportunities to provide new employment where possible to Castleoak Offsite Manufacturing staff who were made redundant following the appointment of the joint administrators.

Will Wright, head of Restructuring at Interpath Advisory and joint administrator, said: “Although a number of companies across the construction sector are facing significant challenges as a result of issues including price inflation, supply chain disruption and labour shortages, there are still parts of the sector which are seeing exceptional demand and strong growth.

“In particular, the demand for more modern and sustainable methods of construction is driving opportunities in the growing timber frame market.”

Simon Kidney, Chief Executive Officer of Robinson Manufacturing, said:  “The location and infrastructure in Ebbw Vale factory is well suited to help us meet the increased demand we have been experiencing across our existing network of seven UK factories.

“Timber frame is featuring heavily in the plans of most major national and regional housebuilders moving forward, and the acquisition of the assets of Castleoak Offsite Manufacturing strengthens our business for the future.”

Steve Absolom and Sarah Collins from Interpath Advisory were also appointed as joint liquidators of Castleoak Care Partnerships where a total of 69 staff have been made redundant.

The Liquidators are working closely with customers to hand back the sites and realise remaining assets to ensure an orderly handover of the construction projects.

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