Contractor Morgan Sindall has become the latest firm to pull out of the piling market.
It said it would end its activities in the market after completing existing works.
In a terse statement the firm said that it had “commenced consultation with our piling staff regarding the future of this business”.
The company employs around 40 people in this division.
Its statement said that “all existing piling commitments will, of course, continue to be fulfilled and completed.”
Morgan Sindall took on the piling division when it bought Amec’s civil engineering operation in 2007.
Following the aquisition, the piling business worked as an in-house division.
Morgan Sindall had sought to bid for external work and 18 months ago brought in manager Ceri Hobbs to push the business and revive its name in the external market.
Hobbs told NCE sister title Ground Engineering in January that inquiries had increased but that the order book was a long way from taking up the full capacity of the business.