Contractor Cantillon has demanded damages from subcontractor OвЂ™Keefe Construction (Greenwich) totalling almost ВЈ400,000.
OвЂ™Keefe initiated legal action against Cantillon in August this year, claiming it was owed almost ВЈ1.5m for demolition work completed in December 2006.
The firm spent around 18 months demolishing old Marconi House in LondonвЂ™s Strand to make way for a Silken five-star hotel and apartments designed by Foster + Partners.
In a defence and counter-claim filed at the Technology and Construction Court, Cantillon claims that piling installed by OвЂ™Keefe was out of tolerance and the firm did not meet deadlines.ADVERTISEMENT
It denied all claims made by OвЂ™Keefe in its lawsuit and said the firm had not justified its claim for ВЈ1,467,168.07.
Of particular issue is the presence of a sub-contract between OвЂ™Keefe and Cantillon.
OвЂ™Keefe claims it refused to go вЂњback to backвЂќ with CantillonвЂ™s main contract, while Cantillon claims express oral terms in the sub-contract meant the firm did agree to go back to back.
The Urvasco project has long been dogged by legal woes, with Cantillon taking Urvasco to adjudication for breach of contract in 2007.
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