Christopher Rodgers goes into administration

Architect and surveyor firm Christopher Rodgers Ltd has been placed into administration.

The firm, based in Lancashire, went into administration on February 13. All 30 employees have been made redundant as a result.

Grant Thornton UK has been appointed as the administrators.

David Riley, one of the joint administrators appointed to the case, says: “There were no realistic prospects for the firm to continue to trade.

“Unfortunately the firm were fully drawn into its banking facilities and couldn’t afford the January payroll.”

Chief executive Chris Rodgers set up the firm in 1981, initially as a surveying practice and expanded into architecture two years later.

The firm grew with the addition of its Home & Energy arm two years ago, which supplies residential and commercial Energy Performance Certificates.

This part of the business will continue to operate under the name CR Energy.

Chris Rodgers, chief executive of CRL, says: “Following the downturn in the valuation and architectural sectors, the decision has been made to close CRL.

“CRL has been reducing its workforce through planned redundancies over a 12-month period and no new instructions have been accepted since February 9 2009.

“The management of CRL considered the closure of the company very carefully and the redundancies were made as a very last resort.”

Rodgers adds: “The closure of CRL will in no way affect the future of CR Energy, formerly known as CR Home & Energy, which is an entirely separate company employing over 100 members of staff.

“This business has huge profit potential and the directors, most of which are unconnected with CRL, will be focussed on the growth of the energy performance market.”

The news has emerged following chartered surveyor firm Ashdown Lyons being placed into administration on Friday.