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Grimshaw loses Bath Spa role to Capita Symonds


BATH & NORTH East Somerset (BANES) Council last week seized control of its troubled Spa project following the sacking of contractor Mowlem.

The council has stripped architect Grimshaw of its role as contract administrator under the project's Joint Contracts Tribunal (JCT) contract. This leaves the fi m with responsibility for the architectural design.

As a result Grimshaw will no longer be able to instruct contractors on site to make changes or carry out remedial work.

Instead Capita Symonds has been appointed to take on this role. The fi rm will also project manage completion of the Spa by sub-contractors already working on the project.

BANES will take direct control of the trade packages and will pay them directly. Under the previous arrangement, contractor Mowlem had employed the sub-contractors and was responsible for paying them.

BANES ordered Mowlem to quit the project earlier this month after claiming the contractor had refused to obey an instruction from Grimshaw (News last week).

Capita Symonds said its first priority was to rebuild subcontractor morale.

'We have a team of three people putting a plan together for engaging trade contractors and fi nishing the project, ' said Capita Symonds executive director Johnathan Goring.

'This project isn't complex in relation to others around the world but the circumstances make it complex, in relation to morale of some of the trade contractors, for example.' He said the shake up would enable BANES to deal directly with sub-contractors.

'They [BANES] will have absolute control. They will have much more control over the project, fl ow of information and commercial information, ' he added.

The Spa was originally planned to open in 2002.

Costs have spiralled from £12M to around £30M.

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