United Kingdom
Scotland; Eastern Scotland; East Lothian and Midlothian
Location of affected unit(s)
Construction Of Buildings And Infrastructure Engineering
Civil Engineering
42.99 - Construction of other civil engineering projects n.e.c.

287 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
1 June 2018
Employment effect (start)
1 June 2018
Foreseen end date


Crummock, the Scottish civil engineering and construction business, went into receivership and 287 of its employees were made redundant with immediate effect.

The representative of the receivers said that the company had serious financial problems and the most important task was now to pay its creditors. A representative of the local council proposed a meeting to discuss what support they can give to the workforce and management.

Crummock was established in 1991 and aimed to become a “one-stop-shop” for civil engineering, surfacing and road markings works. It has worked on a number of prestigious projects in Scotland. The business was made up of three companies: Crummock (Scotland) Ltd, Crummock Holdings Ltd and Crummock Ltd.

The chief executive of CECA Scotland, an organisation that represents over 100 civil engineering contractors, said that Crummock’s fate highlighted the great challenges construction SMEs were currently facing. Indeed, Crummock is the latest construction SME that has gone out of business this year: in March, Vaughan Engineering went into administration, making 147 people redundant. In May, Bristol-based Ikon and the Sussex-based Heritage Building & Conservation firms entered administration, causing the loss of 50 and 55 jobs respectively.


  • 1 June 2018: BBC News
  • 1 June 2018: Insider.co.uk
  • 1 June 2018: Construction News


Eurofound (2018), Crummock, Bankruptcy in United Kingdom, factsheet number 94294, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/94294.