Lagan Construction Group Holdings Ltd, Lagan Construction Group Ltd, Lagan Building Contractors Ltd and Lagan Water Ltd are being placed in administration.
Twenty-six other companies within the group are not affected by this action.
Chairman Michael Lagan has said that parts of the group had been significantly impacted by a number of factors within the civil engineering and building divisions, including delays to projects starting up, protracted contractual disputes on some existing major projects and instability caused by a joint venture partner in Great Britain.
The specific joint venture partner referred to here was not named; Lagan’s joint venture partners on the UK mainland include Galliford Try, Sisk and Ferrovial.
Lagan Construction Group is a separate business from Lagan Group that was this week revealed to be the subject of takeover talks with materials group Breedon.
Michael Lagan said: “It is with great sadness and reluctance that we have had to take this course of action. We have had long standing relationships with many of sub-contractors and suppliers. We hope that the process of administration will be smooth and that disruption to both projects and jobs will be minimal.”
Lagan Construction Group currently employs 800. It said that up to 200 employees may be affected by this development. Some of those jobs could be transferred to joint venture partners while others might be relocated to surviving parts of the group.
“The difficulties which have arisen within the Civils and Building divisions has meant that the directors of the affected four companies had no option but to immediately serve notice on the court to appoint an administrator,” Mr Lagan said.
The remaining 26 Lagan Construction Group companies include Lagan Operations and Maintenance Limited, FK Lowry Piling Limited, Dew Piling Limited, H&J Martin Limited, Lagan Construction Aviation Limited, Lagan Construction Limited, Lagan US inc, Lagan Plant Limited and Lagan Projects Investments Limited, Coastal Industrial Limited and Lagan Construction Services Limited.