Cambridgeshire County Council this week opened the way to the next phase of legal action concerning its dispute with Bam Nuttall over delays to its guided bus project.
The council has sent its response to the Technology & Construction Court to a counter claim filed by the contractor.
In August 2011, the council claimed £54.7M from Bam Nuttall for a two-year delay to completion stemming from the council’s refusal to accept handover of the project due to a number of alleged defects. The contractor challenged the claim.
The busway then missed its original opening date in 2009, leading the council to charge its contractor a daily £14,000 fee for late delivery.
After a number of attempts, the scheme was finally handed over in May 2011. Bam Nuttall then filed a £43M counter claim citing mismanagement by Atkins, the council’s project manager, as the cause of the delay.
The council then brought in Jackson Civil Engineering to complete additional work on the busway before it was finally commissioned in August 2011.
The council said it remained confident of its position.
“The council has thoroughly reviewed the defence and counter claim and remains confident of its position with regard to the busway contract,” it said in a statement. Bam Nuttall declined to comment.
The case is expected to go to court in January 2014.