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Mace replaces failed contractor Dunne Group on Newington Butts

Exclusive: Mace has appointed concrete contractor Getjar to replace Dunne Group on its Highpoint project in Elephant & Castle, after the latter fell into administration last month.

The contractor confirmed to Construction News that it was in final negotiations with Getjar to complete the concrete frame on the project, which is also known as Newington Butts (pictured).

Mace took on some of Dunne’s workforce immediately after the contractor fell into administration to help with the continuity of the frame installation.

It has since been in talks with the administrator to negotiate the purchase of available materials and hire plant currently on the site.

In a statement to Construction News, Mace added: “Discussions continue between the administrators and various parties regarding items of plant on site.

“An element of downtime was experienced to site operations; however, all cranes were working and material deliveries recommenced quickly.”

It added: “Mace is now concluding final negotiations with Getjar to complete the concrete frame at Highpoint.

“Getjar has a longstanding relationship with Mace and has reacted quickly to assist the company in delivering its Highpoint project.”

Dunne Group entered administration on 19 July after it was hit with “severe cashflow pressures”.

Last week, Construction News revealed that Brookfield Mulitplex had replaced Dunne Group on its 100 Bishopsgate and One Blackfriars projects with Byrne Group.

Keltbray is also understood to be in talks over acquiring “a sizeable chunk” of Dunne Group.

Sources confirmed to Construction News that Keltbray was interested in several parts of the business, with discussions ongoing.

It is understood that around 60 people have expressed interest the specialist concrete contractor, although one source said this “varied from buying a wheelbarrow to the whole company”.

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