One of Australia’s biggest construction companies stops work and plunges into administration

  • St Hilliers construction company has stopped work
  • Subcontractors shared text messages

One of Australia’s biggest construction companies has stopped work and appointed administrators.

St Hilliers, a 33-year-old residential, commercial and infrastructure construction company has told subcontractors not to enter 21 sites, with seven divisions within the group now in administration.

WLP restructuring partners Glenn Livingstone and Alan Walker have been appointed voluntary administrators of St Hilliers Contracting but the company’s property development and investment arm, St Hilliers Property, is not affected.

A subcontractor posted a message on the Subbies United website about receiving a text message on Sunday.

“All sites are closed until further notice,” it said.

One of Australia's biggest construction companies has stopped work and appointed administrators.  A Brisbane subcontractor has revealed work has stopped at its Bernborough Ascot site (pictured) where a retirement home is under construction

One of Australia’s biggest construction companies has stopped work and appointed administrators. A Brisbane subcontractor has revealed work has stopped at its Bernborough Ascot site (pictured) where a retirement home is under construction

A Brisbane subcontractor has revealed work has stopped at its Bernborough Ascot site where a retirement home is under construction.

‘Good evening Subcontractor representatives. Please note that there will be no work on the Bernborough Ascot St Hilliers construction site tomorrow,’ it said.

Sub-contractors were told on Sunday that they could take their tools off site.

“We will allow persons to collect their tools under escort from St Hilliers, and repaired/unrepaired material cannot leave the site,” the SMS said.

‘The St Hilliers site gate will remain closed.

‘Tomorrow the subcontractor business owner will be contacted for steps forward by the appointed administrator.’

The voluntary administration also covers ST Holdings Pty Limited, St Hilliers Pty Limited, St Hilliers Contracting Pty Limited, STH Bonding Pty Limited, SHC Civil Pty Limited, St Hilliers Inventive Pty Limited, and SH Newstead Pty Limited.

WPL Restructuring said work had stopped across St Hilliers’ 21 active construction sites.

“As this assessment has been completed, approximately 80 staff will remain in employment while 22 have unfortunately been made redundant,” it said.

“The administrators are working closely with all stakeholders and staff to resume project works as soon as possible,” Mr Livingstone said.

‘We hope that this can take place in the coming days and that the employment of as many people as possible is preserved.’

The first meeting of creditors will be held on February 14.