Wembley Stadium contractor Multiplex has admitted that it is unlikely that the stadium will be completed before October 2007 - thus handing the prestigious FA Cup Final to Cardiff for a seventh consecutive year.
In its monthly progress update issued to the Australian Stock Market this week the contractor blamed client Wembley National Stadium for the delay. 'As noted in previous progress updates there are a number of critical works and activities that are the responsibility of the client and the timing and completion of these works is under the control of the client. WNSL has not yet begun some of these client works,' said the statementIt added that WNSL is responsible for obtaining approvals from various authorities to confirm that the safety and control facilities are working properly and without these approvals Multiplex can't achieve practical completion. 'In the absence of a detailed programme being provided by WNSL, Multiplex has conducted its own analysis of the programme to completion of the client works. This has been based on Multiplex's own assumption of the current state of WNSL's preparedness. This analysis has been reviewed with an expert in the operation of major stadia and indicates that it is unlikely that the stadium will be able to hold a test event for 90,000 spectators before June 2007.'But WNSL chief executive Michael Cunnah refuted this 'It has always been out view that the stadium's delays are Multiplex's responsibility.''Whilst the stadium is well on its way to being finished and looks magnificent from the outside Multiplex still has major items to complete. For example Multiplex has yet to finish the stadiums roof, the extensive remedial works to the stadium's drainage network, the building management and safety systems and installation of 10,000 of the stadium's 90,000 seats.'Related links:Today's top stories