York-based conservation specialist William Anelay fell into administration owing at least £12.6m to unsecured creditors.

William Aneley was half-way through the restoration of the grade I listed Bradford City Hall

More than 132 staff at William Anelay, which had traded since 1747, lost their jobs in September after efforts to rescue the business by securing a deal with creditors failed.

It has also emerged that rival restoration specialist Szerelmey had considered saving the £38m turnover business but stepped back from a deal at the 11th hour.

In the end Szerelmey bought the assets and work in progress of four associated companies from administrator Begbies Traynor for a minimum of £400,000.

The final payment will depend on collecting work in progress and retentions and determine any distribution to creditors.

The assets now form part of newly-named business Heritage Building & Conservation controlled by Szerelmey.

Of the sum, £11.8m was owed to trade creditors and almost £300,000 to HM Revenue & Customs.

Big trade creditors

  • Aviva Insurance £1.4m
  • HCC International Insurance Co £787,000
  • Quartzelec 785,000
  • Yorvik Electrical Contractors £400,000
  • C-Tact Construction £421,000
  • Carlton Plasterers £286,000
  • K2 Aluminium Systems £200,000
  • J&M Construction (UK) £195,000
  • Brandon Hire £172,000
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