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Court date set for Wembley showdown

Wembley stadium designer Mott MacDonald will meet stadium contractor Multiplex in court at the end of this month to fight out who was to blame for cost over runs and delays on the project.

Multiplex, now trading as Brookfield, slapped what is thought to be the biggest construction claim in history at £253M on the consultant last December. The claim relates to a dispute over delays and cost overruns affecting the design and fabrication of steelwork.

Multiplex last year won £6M plus costs from Wembley steel fabricator Cleveland Bridge. It had claimed that the subcontractor had been in breach of contract when it walked off the project in August 2004.

The 586 page claim against Mott MacDonald submitted to the Technology & Construction Court blames the firm for numerous delays to the steelwork design, which it says ultimately caused Cleveland Bridge to walk off site.

Warnings and failures

As NCE went to press Mott MacDonald lodged its 589 page defence with the court. It stated that the claim by Multiplex fails to identify losses allegedly caused by breaches of contract or negligence as well as the nature of the warnings that it wanted from Mott regarding design changes.

It goes on to say that despite numerous warnings, Multiplex, and its subcontractors and subconsultants, failed to provide Mott MacDonald with the information in the way in which it required.

Mott’s defence also includes a counter claim for £230,461 plus VAT for debts due and/or damages for breach of contract.

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