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BAA dumps ground firm from T5 project


GROUND STABILISATION contractor Geofirma was last month kicked off the £4bn Terminal 5 project at Heathrow Airport 'as the result of concerns over accounting irregularities', client BAA has announced.

Internal auditors for the scheme uncovered irregularities which are believed to amount to a seven-figure sum.

Geofirma was working as a supplier to earthworks contractor CA Blackwell, which was employed at T5 by Laing O'Rourke.

The subcontractor was working with CA Blackwell on soils modification - to allow spoil to be reused as engineering fill on site - and on cement stabilisation of raised terrace gravels for pavement foundation works. Its role has now been awarded to McArdle.

'There will be no impact on the T5 programme, ' a BAA spokesman said. 'It would be premature to comment on details until investigations are complete, but BAA is extremely confident that it will not suffer any financial loss and will get full cost recovery through the supply chain.'

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