Arthur M. Griffiths is based on Thomas Street, Wolverhampton. Photo: Google

Arthur M. Griffiths briefed customers and ceased trading on Friday, the same day a request was made to appoint an administrator.

The company, which was run by managing director Richard Green, has also deleted its website and locked its premises on Thomas Street.

The Birmingham office of corporate rescue and remediation company Leonard Curtis takes over the management of the company, which is believed to have been hit by rising prices for steel and other building materials.

Arthur M. Griffiths had sales of £ 30.1 million for the most recent fiscal year ended March 2020 when it made a profit of £ 305,000.

The company employed around 60 people at the time, but it is believed that many employees have since left.

It went through a management buyout in 2015 and won the Growth and Innovation category at the Express & Star Business Awards in 2017.

Arthur M. Griffiths is based on Thomas Street, Wolverhampton. Photo: Google

The company operated in both the private and public sectors, building many schools and hospitals.

One of the buildings for which Arthur M. Griffiths was responsible was the former headquarters of Carillion, Carillion House on Salop Street, Wolverhampton. It was originally Staffordshire House and was built in 1977 as the headquarters of the former Staffordshire Building Society.

The company was founded in 1899 by Arthur M. Griffiths, a builder who worked in a small workshop in Church Lane, Wolverhampton.

The company was founded in 1899 by Arthur M. Griffiths

It was responsible for many important landmarks throughout the Black Land and the wider region.

The company relocated to Thomas Street in 1904 and completed major community building contracts for meetinghouses in Wolverhampton, Coseley, Stourbridge, Wednesfield and the surrounding area in the 1930s

During the Second World War it was engaged in the maintenance of ammunition factories as well as the government work of the Ministry of Defense.

The company had a wide range of customers with its core sectors of education, industry, trade, retail, healthcare, residential, leisure and cultural heritage.

The headquarters was closed or operated with skeletal personnel at the beginning of the coronavirus crisis in March last year, but construction sites remained open.

It had a full order book at the start of fiscal 2020-2021 and was unable to raise new orders in the first few months of the pandemic.

In the final quarter of 2019-2020, projects were postponed where customers sought confirmation of the economic conditions in the country and the construction market due to Brexit.