A SOLIHULL house builder has gone bust, apparently a victim of the slump in the construction industry.
Piper Construction Midlands Ltd, based in Widney Lane, ceased trading last Friday, throwing more than 30 people out of work.
The company, which was established more than 50 years ago, built homes mainly in the Midlands, including Solihull.
A subsidiary of Piper Securities Holdings Ltd, it built properties under the name Piper Homes and used an image of the Pied Piper as its logo.
The managing director, Denis Parkin, was said to be "too busy" to speak to a Solihull Times reporter yesterday, but issued a short statement.
It said: "Piper Construction Midlands Ltd ceased trading on October 31 and a credeitors' meeting has been called for November 14 at which time a liquidator will be appointed.
"No other company in the Piper Group is affected. All continue to trade satisfactorily."
A spokeswoman said the builder had got into serious financial difficulties and could not carry on operating. Of those who had lost their jobs, 22 were building labourers, she said.
"It's a very sad time," she added.
Mark Botwood, of Wolverhampton-based Muras Baker Jones, is dealing with the liquidation.
In 2006, Piper Homes won a top industry award for its Scholars Gate development in Birmingham city centre. The project involved remodelling the interior of Grade II listed former school buildings to create 22 luxury apartments and a townhouse.