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Mace selects two contactors to replace PC Harrington on Nova

Mace has brought in two specialist contractors to replace PC Harrington Contractors on its £380m Nova scheme in central London after the concrete specialist fell into administration this week.

J Coffey Construction and Kilnbridge Construction Services are now working on the high-profile job, which Mace bagged back in 2013, Construction News understands.

The main contractor was appointed to deliver the first phase of the 727,000 sq ft development by Land Securities.

Construction on the scheme, which includes new office and retail space as well as 170 luxury flats, began in June 2013 and has a four-year build programme.

A spokeswoman for Mace declined to confirm the appointments but said the company had taken steps to protect the business.

She added: “We are working with our clients and supply chain in order to ensure that the work on our sites remains on schedule.”

Administrators from KPMG took charge of PC Harrington Contractors on Monday, following weeks of uncertainty at the troubled contractor.

Howard Smith and Jonny Marston of KPMG’s restructuring practice have been named as administrators.

PC Harrington Contractors filed a notice of intention to appoint an administrator at Leeds High Court in early April.

According to its latest accounts, the company made a loss of £4.1m in the 2013/14 financial year, despite revenue rising to £64.7m from the previous year’s £61.1m.

In its annual report for the year, company directors blamed the loss on “two large contracts which were taken on as the economy was coming out of recession and which were subject to severe delays resulting in cost overruns that could not be fully recovered”.

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