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Mott’s Wembley stadium defence goes into extra time

Wembley stadium designer Mott MacDonald was this week given extra time to prepare its defence case for the £253M claim lodged against it by the stadium’s contractor Multiplex.

The claim relates to a dispute over delays and cost overruns affecting the design and fabrication of steelwork for the Wembley stadium project.

Multiplex, now trading as Brookfield, slapped what is thought to be the biggest construction claim in history on the consultant last December.

“Mott MacDonald emphatically denies any liability for Brookfield’s loss and will vigorously defend the claim.”

Mott MacDonald spokesman

It has already won £6M plus costs from Wembley steel fabricator Cleveland Bridge after pursuing the firm through the courts.

It had claimed that the subcontractor had been in breach of contract when it walked off the project in August 2004.

The 586 page claim against Mott MacDonald lodged with the Technology & Construction Court blames the firm for numerous delays to the steelwork, which it says ultimately caused Cleveland to walk off site.

A Mott MacDonald spokesman rejected Brookfield’s claim.

“Mott MacDonald emphatically denies any liability for Brookfield’s loss and will vigorously defend the claim,” he said.

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