An Essex building contractor has bought a 116-year-old rival firm Frederick J French after it went into administration in June.
Hart Projects and Construction owner Chris Davy has purchased FJF and will retain the name of the building and refurbishment contractor after it went into administration this year citing reasons including low margins, slow paying debtors and a lack of modernisation.
Frederick J French founded the company in 1895. After his death in 1947 the company was sold to the surviving directors and since that time has been owned and managed by directors. In 2011, the company was bought by a local firm wishing to expand their core activities as a “family builder”.
Mr Davy intends to re-establish the FJF name in the Essex area as a builder dealing with maintenance, new build, heritage, government, education, commercial and high value residential developments and refurbishments.