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Carillion faces major repairs bill for Bournemouth Pier

Carillion is facing substantial losses on a £2.4 million contract to repair the Boscombe pier in Bournemouth after hair line cracks appeared along every pile supporting it, just three years after work was completed.

The contractor has agreed to work with the local authority to help repair the structure after councillors categorically guaranteed the tax payer would not be footing the bill for the repairs.

Bournemouth Borough Council seafront manager Chris Saunders said he was working with Carillion to finalise a work programme for the former “pier of the year” winner.

Mr Saunders said:  “A number of the concrete sleeves on the piles supporting the Pier Head have hairline cracks.  The Pier remains structurally sound and there is no cause for immediate concern.  We are working with the contractor to establish a monitoring programme which will measure the impact of cracking to other piles. 

“Work is due to start shortly depending on suitable weather conditions. There will be no cost to the Council.

“Any further remedial works will be at the contractor’s expense.”

A council spokesman confirmed “all piles” had been inspected and were showing cracks.

A Carillion spokesman said:  “We are working closely with Bournemouth Borough Council to look at any issues to see if we can resolve them.”

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