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Almacantar boss blasts Sir Robert McAlpine after high court win

Mike Hussey, the chief executive of property developer Almacantar, has taken to Twitter to slam Sir Robert McAlpine following a £1.1m high court victory against the contractor.

The property boss said he “wouldn’t trust Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd to deliver a pizza” in reference to Almacantar’s experience with the firm on its £100m redevelopment of Centre Point, London.

Mr Hussey’s tweet began with: “Dinosaurs take note: You don’t get paid if you don’t turn up; You don’t get paid if you don’t perform,” and linked to the high court judgement on the case.

The two firms’ legal dispute related to a pre-construction contract signed in September 2012 for the redevelopment of the Centre Point tower in London. Under the agreement Sir Robert McAlpine was paid 50 per cent of the fee up front with the rest due once the main works had begun.

The agreement was terminated by Sir Robert McAlpine in September 2014; a year later Sir Robert McAlpine claimed Almacantar owed it the full value of the pre-construction contract, just under one million pounds, which the developer refused to pay.

This resulted in the contractor initiating adjudication proceedings against Almacantar, which the contractor won in June 2017.

Almacantar appealed the decision and the case reached the high courts where Ms Justice Jefford found in favour of the developer.

Justice Jefford ruled that Almacantar was within its rights to terminate the pre-construction agreement on the basis that Sir Robert McAlpine had not begun work on the main contract.

The judge ordered Sir Robert McAlpine pay Almacantar back the money it was awarded as well as interest bringing the total to £1.1m.

Sir Robert McAlpine has been contacted for comment.

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