Bromley appointed failed contractor last July

A new contractor has been appointed to finish a primary school in south-east London that was left partially demolished after its original builder went bust earlier this year. 

Bromley council has appointed Kent-based Walker Construction to carry out the second phase of the expansion of Stewart Fleming primary school in Anerley which was being carried out by Lakehouse Contracts.  

Stewart Fleming Primary School

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When advertising for a replacement, the council said it was fast-tracking the procurement process following the collapse of Lakehouse.

Lakehouse was awarded the contract in July last year. At the time the job had a price tag of £4.6m.

The new contract notice has a value of almost £5m attached to the job.

Walker Construction will be responsible for carrying out enabling works prior to building the two-storey extension, along with alteration and refurbishment works to the existing building.

Meanwhile, administrators for Lakehouse Contracts have confirmed creditors were owed more than £27m when the company went bust.

An update from CMB Partners showed the trade debt had skyrocketed to three times the original £9m estimate.

CMB said 275 firms had put in claims against the firm, which is now set to formally go into liquidation. Begbies Traynor will be joint liquidator.