Carmichael Builders, who were responsible for the construction of the Friendlies Private Hospital medial suites have gone into liquidation. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
Carmichael Builders, who were responsible for the construction of the Friendlies Private Hospital medial suites have gone into liquidation. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

Nothing suite about this for delay for Friendlies

CREDITORS will meet tomorrow following the voluntary administration of Carmichael Builders, which has left building of the Friendly Society Private Hospital medical suites at a standstill.

The 17m-high building now sits dormant with a sign on the fence that reads "keep out, builder in voluntary administration" while a security guard patrols the site inside.

The development was set to comprise 40 medical consulting suites with 10 on each level catering to specialist doctors and 89 ground-level car parking spaces.

It is believed work first came to a halt on the building when the Friendly Society Private Hospital witheld about $500,000 from the builder after hearing of sub-contractors not being paid.

On Friday, Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) acting commissioner Kellie Lowe announced Carmichael Builders had gone into adminstration, with individuals running it now facing exclusion action.

Under the current legislation, if an individual is excluded, they are unable to hold a QBCC contractor or nominee supervisor's licence, or be a director, secretary or influential person for a QBCC-licensed company for five years.

"A business entering into administration is never a good outcome for those that work in and with the construction industry, and the QBCC takes whatever steps are within its powers to prevent it from happening," Ms Lowe said.

Carmichael Builders, who were responsible for the construction of the Friendlies Private Hospital medial suites have gone into liquidation. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
Carmichael Builders, who were responsible for the construction of the Friendlies Private Hospital medial suites have gone into liquidation. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

Chartered accountants and business advisory company Hall Chadwick have appointed Richard Albarran and David Ingram as joint administrators of the company.

Mr Albarran and Mr Ingram could not be reached for comment.

The first meeting of creditors will be held at Royal on the Park in Brisbane tomorrow at 4pm.

Friendlies Private Hospital CEO Alan Cooper was unavailabe for comment yesterday.

When the NewsMail contacted Carmichael Builders a receptionist said "there's no one left in the office".

Carmichael Builders was also responsible for building an Aged Care facility in Townsville and a hostel at Humpty Doo in the Northern Territory.

Sub-contractors and suppliers who believe they are owed money by Carmichael Builders Pty Ltd have been advised to contact the appointed liquidator, Hall Chadwick, on 3211 1250.



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