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Rok announces further job losses


Monday November 22nd 2010

Building firm Rok has announced that its plants in Reading, Crawley, Bristol, Exeter and Leeds are to be closed.

The group has confirmed that 235 people will lose their jobs following the closures, but said a further 380 would be transferred to other sites.

PricewaterhouseCoopers has announced a deal which will see construction plants at Milton Keynes, Gatwick and Heathrow sold to Mansell Construction services, a subsidiary of Balfour Beatty along with the group's social housing arm in the South West and North West.

But operations at its other sites will be axed after they were not included in the sale.

The move will take total job losses at Rok close to 2,800. Around 200 people will remain at the firm to help wind down operations, PwC said.

Rok appointed PwC as administrators last week after it fell into difficulties in meeting its "financial obligations".

The Exeter-based firm, which calls itself "the nation's local builder" was hit hard during the financial crisis, when it lost several private and public sector clients.

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