Byline: David Bartlett
NATIONAL Museums Liverpool is suing the Danish architects it fired from the pounds 72m project to build the new Museum of Liverpool.
The legal action against 3XN comes just two months before the spectacular waterfront building opens on July 19.
NML sacked 3XN from the project more than three-and-a-half years ago.
The new move by the organisation is the latest in a series of legal issues which have surrounded the project and have already seen the taxpayer shell out pounds 1.25m to settle legal disputes.
Details of the museum's claim against 3XN were unclear last night but it is understood the museum needed to start litigation before it ran out of time to do so.
The move looks likely to attract a counterclaim from the Danish firm, which previously considered a copyright infringement law suit.
The firm had its contract terminated in 2007 and later revealed it was taking legal advice about whether it could sue NML for using its designs.
The firm - which picked up the Royal Institute of British Architects' coveted International Award in 2009 - also claimed NML had withheld payments for the design work.
Peace between 3XN principal architect Kim Nielsen and NML director Dr David Fleming appeared to have broken out after the pair met in January last year. …