SIX MONTHS of painstaking talks started last month as contractor Bovis Lendlease LMB and the City of New York tried to agree fees for managing the World Trade Center (WTC) clean up.
Bovis claimed that the final bill would not top the $1bn estimated when the work started. It has been on site since the 11 September terrorist attacks and was appointed to programme manage the clean up operation early this 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 - has now completed the clear up. An official closing ceremony was held on 30 May.
Meanwhile, reconstruction of the buildings surrounding the WTC towers continues. Contractor Tishman has started piling work for the replacement building for the collapsed WTC7.
Six teams have also been shortlisted to carry out a US$3M 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 well served for commuters from New Jersey, Long Island or Brooklyn, ' Ashlin told NCEI. 'There is talk of extending metro lines and creating a massive interchange near the site.'
Proposals on how to replace the World Trade Center are pouring in. The latest, by Bahamas based businessman Derek Turner and advised by consultant Meinhardt, is a 475m tower costing an estimated US$6bn.
The building is described as 'five cylindrical towers of steel and glass topped by an 11 storey pyramid'.
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