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Bath Spa Project Row 'Will End Up in Court'

Magazine article Public Finance

Bath Spa Project Row 'Will End Up in Court'

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The long-running saga to rebuild Bath Spa will end up in court, the contractor sacked by the local authority claimed this week.

Builder Mowlem was dismissed by Bath and North East Somerset Council on April 8 and replaced by a fresh set of contractors, Capita Symonds.

Workers from Mowlem were ordered to leave the site on April 11. However, in an increasingly acrimonious dispute, the building company agreed to leave but said the council's order to quit was 'without legitimate grounds'.

In a parting shot, Mowlem criticised the council for failing to agree to an independent survey of the site before it left. This, Mowlem claimed in a statement, was typical of the authority's 'uncooperative, unprofessional and underhand manner... throughout the project'.

The council had sacked Mowlem because, it said, enough is enough'. Asked if the dispute would end up in court, Mowlem spokesman Brian O'Neill replied: 'I'm afraid so.'

The council's executive member for resources, Malcolm Hanney, also said litigation was likely and the authority would fight its corner. …

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