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Contractor May Gurney is to close its piling division with the loss of 28 jobs

In a terse announcement last week the firm said it would be winding up the business as soon as it could complete outstanding contracts.

The company is also winding up its fencing and railings business.

Retrenchment at the company will cost some 21 staff and operative jobs directly in piling and another seven support jobs in the workshops, all based at Wynmondham in Norfolk.

Another 15 will be made redundant in the barriers and fences business.

May Gurney said it was consulting individually with all the staff and attempting to redeploy them as far as possible in its other construction business.   

The driven piling sector in which May Gurney operated has been particularly vulnerable to the downturn in private sector housing starts. Light industrial units and light commercial office and retail work has also failed to pick up. Local authority work has also been cut back.

The company says it sees no prospect of an early upturn.

The firm was ranked the 21st largest geotechnical firm in the UK in the 2010 Geotechnical Services File, produced by NCE sister title Ground Engineering. It turned over £15M last year.

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