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BAA kicks contractor off T5 project for 'accounting irregularities'

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GROUND STABILISATION contractor Geofirma has been kicked off the £4bn Terminal Five project at Heathrow 'as the result of concerns over accounting irregularities', client BAA announced this week.

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

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

Geofirma was working with CA Blackwell on soils modification to allow muck on site to be reused as fill and on cement stabilisation of raised terrace gravels for pavement foundation works.

Geofirma's role has now been awarded to McArdle.

'There will be no impact on the T5 programme, ' said a BAA spokesman.

'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.'

No one from Geofirma was available for comment as NCE went to press.

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