The Specialist Engineering Contractors’ (SEC) Group Wales/Cymru – representing the largest value sector in Welsh construction – has referred to the Dawnus collapse as not unlike a Welsh Carillion.
Today’s announcement that the Dawnus Construction Group has gone into administration will impact upon large numbers of SMEs in Wales. In recent years Dawnus has become the lead contractor for many infrastructure and building projects in Wales particularly in the public sector.
Speaking on behalf of SEC Group Wales/Cymru Catharine Griffiths-Williams, the National Executive Officer, said she was very concerned over the extent of the knock-on effect on the engineering firms in her sector, most of which are SMEs:
“Nearly all the work carried out by Dawnus was outsourced to SMEs which will now bear the brunt of the losses from the insolvency. Again this highlights the financial fragility of the large construction firms and the consequent risks to their sub-contractors which could now lose millions of pounds. The impact on the Welsh economy could be very damaging. There is also a human cost involved. I’m very concerned for the people in Wales who worked for Dawnus and its sub-contractors whose jobs will now be at stake.”
SEC Group Wales/Cymru now believes that this is a wake-up call to all public bodies in Wales to implement the Welsh Government’s policy on project bank accounts (PBAs). PBAs are ring-fenced bank accounts that protect monies due for payment to sub-contractors in construction supply chains.
Catherine Griffiths-Williams added that she was also concerned that many supply chain firms will lose their retention monies which would have been held back by Dawnus, ostensibly as security in case of non-compliant work:
“These retention monies belong to the firms from whom they have been withheld. Again these monies must be protected and to that end we will be inviting the Welsh Government to legislate to provide such protection.”
NOTES FOR EDITORS
- SEC Group Wales/Cymru is the representative voice of engineering in Welsh construction. It comprises the following premier trade associations: British Constructional Steelwork Association, Building Engineering Services Association, ECA, Lift and Escalator Industry Association, Scaffolding Association.
- In 2018 there were 3000 insolvencies in UK construction, 12% higher than in 2017.
- For further information please contact Catherine Griffiths-Williams, email/abost: Griffith-Williams@theBESA.com mobile/symudol: 07967 347 883.