Northern Ireland’s oldest business falls into administration

Sat, 09 Mar 2019 | ADMINISTRATION



WDR & RT Taggart, thought to be one of Northern Ireland’s oldest businesses dating back to 1902, has fallen into administration as a result of difficult market and trading conditions.

The Belfast-based construction and design company was forced to call in insolvency practitioners Gildernew & Co. to handle the administration process. With architects, structural and civil engineers working for the company on a variety of projects in the public sector, the business employs more than 30 members of staff in offices in Belfast and Londonderry.

A part of business has been acquired by WDR Taggart Limited – a newly formed company – before the remainder went into administration. The acquisition includes the waste and energy services and architectural side of the business.

Managing partner, Stephen Heaney, said: “It is with great sadness and deep regret that we have been forced to call in the administrator following a protracted period of trading difficulties and challenging market conditions.

"Despite the skills, talents and experience of the outstanding team of professionals at the firm, the trading environment could not be overcome, leaving us in today's situation."

WDR Taggart Limited’s spokesperson commented: "The new company has a very experienced management team, and together with the employees who transfer to us, we will work to ensure that WDR Taggart Limited delivers quality services to clients.

"In time, in addition to securing the legacy of the parts of the Taggart business that we have acquired, we wish to grow and build new business."

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