The firm which built the new Coronation Street set has gone into administration with the loss of more than 40 jobs.
Askam Construction, in Lancaster, suffered heavy losses on contracts over the last two years.
Administrators Ernst & Young were appointed on Tuesday and said they have sold off a number of contracts in a deal which saves 45 jobs. However Askam’s construction division has ceased trading, resulting in 43 redundancies.
A spokesman for EY said: “Shortly following their appointment, the joint administrators completed a sale of certain contracts relating to the company’s civil engineering division and its plant and machinery to Askam Civil Engineering Limited, in a deal which saw 45 jobs transfer to the purchaser.
“The company’s construction division has ceased to trade, resulting in the redundancies of 43 employees. “The joint administrators will now work to realise the company’s remaining assets, which include a residential property development near Lancaster, various construction and civil engineering contracts and associated work in progress and several investments.”
Joint administrator Sam Woodward, appointed along with Tom Jack, said: “Askam Construction Limited suffered material losses on a number of contracts during the past 24 months, and these placed significant pressure on the business and its cash flow. This pressure ultimately became too great for the business to continue viably and the directors concluded that the company was insolvent.
“We are pleased to have completed a sale which has secured the ongoing employment of 45 people, and we will now focus on realising the company’s remaining assets to secure the best possible return for creditors.”