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A Kent building company established 150 years ago has gone into administration, making 60 people redundant.
RJ Barwick Construction, a contractor working on commercial redevelopment and refurbishment, is based in Ashford and also has an office in Crawley, Sussex.
Administrators BDO Stoy Hayward said it followed tough conditions in the construction sector.
Twelve staff were kept on to help the administrators in their review of work that was still in progress.
Business restructuring partner Matthew Tait, one of the administrators, said: "It is very unfortunate that due to very tough conditions in the construction industry we have been unable to continue to trade the business and have had to make a number of redundancies.
"We are working with the contract employers to address their immediate concerns as to the completion of work in progress and protect the remaining assets of the company."
RJ Barwick contracted mainly across the South East and also specialised in refurbishing historic properties.
Its brochure said its projects had included prestigious private houses and public buildings owned by the National Trust and English Heritage.
It had also worked on castles, churches and cathedrals across the South East and London.
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