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Wembley court case firms urged to head for mediation

Wembley Stadium firms Multiplex and Mott MacDonald were this week urged to head for mediation to avoid a costly trial to determine who was to blame for construction overruns.

The latest estimates from both parties suggest legal costs are likely to be in excess of £74M at the end of the sub-trial. But the judge presiding over the case at the Technology and Construction Court, Justice Coulson, said the lack of cooperation could lead to an even more expensive litigation.

“In the 25 years that I have been involved in construction cases, I have never seen costs figures at such a level,” he said. “As a matter of general impression, I am presently unable to see how such costs could be described as reasonable or proportionate.”

A statement from consultant Mott MacDonald said both sides would now be “considering all options”.

Main contractor Multiplex lodged a £253M claim in December 2008 against consultant Mott Macdonald over the delays and overruns in the construction of the stadium.

This follows on from the bitter and expensive dispute between Multiplex and steel subcontractor Cleveland Bridge, resulting in a £6M award for the main contractor in September 2008.

Readers' comments (2)

  • Once this dispute is settled, the project history, records and details should be donated to the Engineering Institutions involved to enable a proper case study to be written entitled " Everyone's at fault, regardless, when such a shambles develops, or lessons to be learnt and how not to set up and manage a major project"

    Study of such a real life situation should be on all new graduates', and many existing managers' and directors', Career Development Plans!

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  • Alan Spalding

    I totally agree with Peter Wilson. There must be a time when one can say.. Ënough is enough". Has any of the parties considered how else such amounts of money can be spent??? I doubt it. The whole situation has probably got caught up in each of the companies "control systems" and the people who originally got involved with the senareos have long time gone...... Give it up and give the "damages' to the developement promoting of future engineers....

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