Fulham stadium subbie administration pushes Buckingham to loss

Buckingham Group’s revenue final 12 months was worn out largely as a result of a subcontractor going bust on Fulham Soccer Membership’s stadium redevelopment.

The contractor’s profitability took a nosedive because it tabled a pre-tax lack of £10.7m within the 12 months to 31 December 2021, in line with an announcement issued by the agency as we speak. In 2020, it made a pre-tax revenue of £8.6m.

Nonetheless, income hit £665.3m, up on the £584.5m posted for the earlier 12 months. The agency stated this was a “report excessive”, including that “the varied vary of operations and our repeat-business clients have underpinned this continued, natural progress”.

The tanking profitability was primarily as a result of a subcontractor going bust on its job to redevelop the Riverside Stand at Fulham FC’s Craven Cottage stadium.

In Might 2019, Buckingham scooped the contract to demolish and rebuild the stand to extend its capability from 4,689 to eight,650, boosting the overall variety of seats to 29,600. The contract is value £97m, in line with construction-intelligence supplier Glenigan.

Buckingham’s annual report acknowledged: “[This] very important price influence [was] brought on by the monetary failure of a serious and important subcontractor […] This provider finally entered voluntary liquidation in February 2022.”

The issue prompted a £14.2m dent in Buckingham’s funds in 2021, in line with the annual report. Building Information understands the subcontractor in query was specialist Kaicer Constructing Envelope Options, which lastly collapsed in February. 

The report stated that whereas £14.2m was the “anticipated closing loss” on the contract, it was topic to “ongoing contractual negotiations”. The mission is now near completion, Buckingham added.

A mixture of the stadium troubles and additional price impacts brought on by the coronavirus pandemic “regrettably depressed general efficiency” in 2021, the contractor stated. The pandemic prompted an extra £7.4m loss, a lot of which was as a result of “price of unrecoverable project-delay impacts”.

Lastly, Buckingham attributed an extra £1m loss to its transfer to develop into employee-owned in September final 12 months – which included a “celebration workers bonus fee”. The change made Buckingham the most important employee-owned contractor within the UK.

“To supply the right perspective on this disappointing 2021 monetary consequence, this surprising and uncharacteristic loss follows 5 consecutive years of constructive buying and selling outcomes that collectively yielded a pre-tax revenue of £57m,” the report acknowledged.

Buckingham Group declined to remark additional. CN has contacted Fulham FC for remark.

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