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Greenwich council kicks project team off tunnel refurb job

The Royal Borough of Greenwich was this week seeking to appoint a new team to complete a refurbishment of the Greenwich and Woolwich foot tunnels beneath the river Thames in south east London after it kicked the original project team off the job.

Main contractor Dean & Dyball, consultant Hyder and project manager and quantity surveyor Messrs Sweett have all been dismissed from the £11.4M project following cost overruns and delays.

“The Royal Borough of Greenwich shares the frustration of pedestrians and cyclists over the time taken to complete this project and, whilst both tunnels remain open, we apologise for the unacceptable delays to this work,” the council said in a statement.

Refurbishment of the Greenwich and Woolwich foot tunnels involves replacing bespoke lifts, structural investigation of the tunnels and replace the rotunda roof at both entrances.

Dean & Dyball began work on the project in March 2010, which was due for completion 12 months later. However, the firm left the unfinished site in December last year.

Along with looking for a new contractor to complete the work, the council is seeking legal advice on recovering costs, it said.

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