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Galliford Try hit with £2.5m bill after shopping centre dispute

Galliford Try has been ordered to pay nearly £2.5m after a dispute over refurbishment works at a shopping centre in Birmingham.

The High Court enforced an earlier adjudication that found client Mailbox was entitled to £2.48m in liquidated damages from Galliford Try Construction.

In December 2013 Galliford Try won the £19m contract to revamp the Mailbox shopping centre in central Birmingham.

The contractor completed the majority of works by the agreed deadline of 1 March 2016.

Disputes then arose, with Mailbox commencing adjudication proceedings claiming for liquidated damages due to delays.

Adjudicator Peter Curtis last November ordered Galliford Try to pay the sum of £2.48m to Mailbox, along with £22,000 in adjudication fees.

Galliford Try contested the decision on a number of counts, claiming the decision was made without the court having all the relevant material before it to come to a conclusion.

It also said Mailbox was not entitled to commence an adjudication process due to it assigning its rights and benefits under the contract to a third party.

The High Court last week judged that the adjudicator’s decision was correct and upheld his decision to make Galliford Try pay Mailbox the damages.

A Galliford Try spokesman said: “Due to ongoing legal issues around the Mailbox project, it would be inappropriate to comment at this time.”

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