Council ends contracts with Muirfield

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  • Council terminates contracts with collapsed firm
  • Muirfield went into administration last month
  • Firm was in process of carrying out upgrades to Shire homes

Aberdeenshire Council has formally terminated its contracts in respect of housing improvements with Muirfield (Contracts) Ltd.

The move comes after the company went in to administration earlier this month and the council is now making alternative arrangements in respect of its other contracts with the company.

We would like to thank council tenants for their patience while discussions proceed

Allan Whyte

Muirfield was in the process of carrying out upgrades to Aberdeenshire Council homes when Administrators were appointed and work was immediately halted.

The council has written to affected tenants to explain that all planned work at their homes has been legally stopped in the meantime and reassuring tenants that the council is working with the Administrators and other contractors to ensure that any ongoing works are completed promptly.

“Any urgent health and safety work will be undertaken by the council’s Housing Repair team.

Muirfield was also awarded contracts for the affordable housing developments at Barrasgate in Fraserburgh, and Martin Brae in Inverurie.

Aberdeenshire Council took over security at both sites from the Administrators last Friday.

Aberdeenshire Council will now enter into negotiations with other contractors on its Framework Agreements to complete the projects.

Commenting, Aberdeenshire Council’s Head of Property Allan Whyte said: “While the contracts between the council and Muirfield (Contracts) Ltd were live the council was legally unable to undertake works ourselves or find alternative contractors.

“Now that we have formally terminated some of the contracts and indicated our intention to transfer the other contracts to the Administrator we can begin the process of finding alternative companies to complete the developments and upgrades to homes.

“We would like to thank council tenants for their patience while discussions proceed and we will provide further updates when we know more.”

Any tenants who requires further information on improvement works to their homes that were to be undertaken by Muirfield (Contracts) Ltd should contact the council’s Property Service Desk on 0845 602 1175.