NORTH-EAST drywall installer W A Browne (Building Services) has been placed into administration.

The contractor, which operated out of offices in Billingham, near Stockton, and Wakefield, directly employed a workforce of more than 50 people. 

Established by Bill Browne in 1979, WA Browne provided drywall installations to the commercial and housing sectors and won awards for stud walling jobs at Broadgate in London and Sunderland Doxford Park.

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The administrators are Steven John Currie and Andrew Haslam of Begbies Traynor in Stoke on Trent.