SIX MONTHS of painstaking talks were due to start this week as contractor Bovis Lendlease LMB and the City of New York try to agree fees for managing the World Trade Center (WTC) clean up.
Bovis claimed this week that the final bill would not top the -1bn (£714M) estimated when the work started. It has worked on the site since the 11 September terrorist attacks and was appointed to programme manage the clean up operation early in the new year, 'We are not going to exceed 70% of the original estimate, ' said Bovis Lendlease LMB senior vice-president Paul Ashlin.
The contractor - in charge of the operation with Amec and Tully as subcontractors after a failed bid by Bechtel to manage the site (NCE 13 December 2001) - is expected to complete debris clearance next week.
An official closing ceremony will be held on 30 May to mark the end of the clear up, although workers are expected to remain on site until 15 June.
Meanwhile, reconstruction of the buildings surrounding the WTC towers continues. Contractor Tishman this week started piling work for the replacement building for World Trade Center 7, which collapsed after the twin towers came down.
Six teams were also shortlisted this week to carry out a £2M Ground Zero transport study for the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
The land use plan for vastly improved transport links at the site is expected to be in place by December.
'The area is not particularly well served for commuters from New Jersey, Long Island or Brooklyn, ' Ashlin told NCE.
'There is talk of extending some of the metro lines and creating a massive new interchange near the site.'
Proposals on how to replace the terrorist destroyed World Trade Center are pouring in. The latest - launched this week by Bahamas based businessman Derek Turner and advised by consultant Meinhardt - is a 475m tower costing an estimated £3.93bn.
The building is described as 'five cylindrical towers of steel and glass topped by an 11 storey pyramid rising from an enclosed, transparent biosphere'.
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