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FA con. rms Wembley will not host Cup Final


WEMBLEY STADIUM contractor Multiplex was this week renegotiating its latest construction programme after it was con. med that the venue will be unable to host the 13 May FA Cup Final.

The Football Association shifted the match to Cardiff's Millennium Stadium after it was unable to get a 100% assurance that the stadium would be handed over on 31 March.

England football friendlies on 30 May and 3 June have been switched to Old Trafford.

Meeting the 31 March deadline was vital to the process of commissioning the stadium and obtaining safety certificates.

The contractor reported earlier this month that it was only 70% con. dent it would meet the date (NCE 2 February 2006).

The uncertainty was blamed on poor subcontractor performance, design changes, industrial action and adverse weather.

Multiplex said that it needed to hit key stadium roof construction milestones last week to allow supporting towers to be dismantled.

A source close to the project told NCE these towers were now being removed to allow work on the remaining areas of pitch and lower terraces to begin.

The contractor said: 'Multiplex continues to target to make the stadium available in May.' A revised handover date has not been set yet.

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