Norwich construction company Tailored Construction liquidated

Published:
6:30 a.m. February 5, 2022



A construction company has left thousands of pounds of unfinished work after collapsing into liquidation.

Patrick Doherty, a professor at King’s College London, has hired a Norwich company called Tailored Construction Ltd to convert the garage at his Wroxham home last summer into an en-suite studio.

Over several months he paid £48,000 on the £53,000 estimate, but the project was abandoned in December with no bathroom, doors, windows or electricity.

Tiling and plumbing were also not done and the floor was not laid, he said. He estimates he has almost £10,000 out of pocket after paying for works and goods he never received.


Patrick Doherty’s £50,000 garage conversion that was left incomplete by builders
– Credit: Archant

The project began in the autumn, but within weeks of starting director Stewart Wright put Tailored Construction into liquidation with debts of £87,000. He transferred the work to a second company called Tailored Construction Projects Ltd. Mr Wright said he did this to try to complete the job.

But Mr Doherty, 63, said he was never told that the company he hired had collapsed or that his project had been transferred to another company.


Patrick Doherty, of Wroxham, which was abandoned by the builders.  Photo: Danielle Boden

Patrick Doherty, from Wroxham, who was abandoned by builders
– Credit: Archant

Last month, after researching online and with much of his project still unfinished, he found out about the liquidation.

The company’s liquidator said Tailored Construction went into liquidation due to “difficult trading conditions and rising material prices”.

Mr Wright said the second company he set up to complete the job was facing similar problems and was also in the process of being liquidated.

“We got too big too fast,” he said. “We had no intention of ending up like this. We had two jobs for which we caught a bad cold. The benefit simply disappeared.


Stewart Wright

Stewart Wright, owner of Tailored Construction
– Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

He said it left him in debt and he hadn’t received a salary or dividend from either company.

“I had 10 months of sleepless nights and stress because of it and there were times when I felt sick and just wished I had never done anything with it,” Mr Wright said. to this newspaper.

“We had a payroll of £20,000 a week at one point, so when it went off the rails it went quite spectacularly. I just want to end it and get back to a quiet life.”

He apologized and said there were two other customers in a similar situation to Mr. Doherty.

“Ultimately, the responsibility rests on my shoulders,” he added. “I am sincerely sorry that he (Mr. Doherty) is in this situation.”

Mr Doherty, however, said he intended to sue for “willful misrepresentation” as he said he had not been informed of the liquidation or transfer of his project to the second company.

He wrote in his complaint: “Mr. Wright had created a new company with a name very similar to Tailored Construction and for all intents and purposes was operating it with the same staff and in the same direction for the same business purpose.

“In my view, his failure to inform me that my project was being transferred to his new company may be considered an act of willful misrepresentation.”

He added: “I felt relieved when I heard about (the liquidation) because I finally knew where I was. The job they did was good but it wasn’t finished. was really, really stressful.

He said he had paid for French doors that were never delivered and he said that when he contacted the supplier they told him the order had been cancelled. He is now paying contractors to complete the job.

Mr Doherty, a father of two, never met Mr Wright and said all the work was being carried out by a Tailored Construction employee called Rowan Parker.

Mr Parker featured in this newspaper in 2020 when three clients came forward to complain that his company was leaving their projects incomplete and not doing the work they paid him to do.

But Mr Doherty said he decided to press ahead with the work because Tailored Construction had good online reviews and Mr Parker was not a shareholder or director of Tailored Construction.

Mr. Parker has also been contacted for comment.

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