The contractor carrying out the £5.1M refurbishment of the ICE’s new 8 Storeys Gate gate office has gone into administration.
Contractor Killby & Gayford began contracting in 1860 and specialised in high quality jobs, predominantly in the restoration and refurbishment market.
The ICE said it was aware of the situation and that it was working on a contingency plan.
“We have a contigency plan, we will be monitoring what is going on and we will be developing the detail of our plan over the next 48 hours,” said ICE director general Nick Baveystock.
The news is yet another set back for the project. Only this month ICE Council heard how Kilby & Gayford had presented the ICE with a revised programme for completion showing a six-week delay.
Council heard that the ICE has not accepted this and that it was working with them to minimise the delay as much as possible.
“Refurbishment practical completion is currently projected by Kilby & Gayford to be in late May 2012, six weeks behind schedule and one day before the first move weekend of 26-27 May,” said the paper to Council.
Time is tight, with the ICE’s lease on office space in the nearby Institution of Mechanical Engineers due to expire on 23 June. “Lease termination for IMechE offices is fixed at 23 June and is unlikely to be extended by the landlord,” said the paper.