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Alf McAlpine has year to prepare court battle


TWO HUGE High Court egal battles involving Alfred McAlpine have been scheduled to begin in a year's time.

Both cases will be heard by Technology and Construction Court presiding judge Mr Justice Jackson next January.

Alfred McAlpine is suing curtain wall subbie Siac after claiming a delay in its work meant an office job in Surrey was completed 144 weeks late.

The project in Guildford has blown a hole of nearly £20 million in the f irm's accounts.

McAlpine has claimed Siac's subcontract works 'fell into significant delay'.

It continued: 'Moreover, such works as were carried out did not conform with the requirements of the subcontract, such that no meaningful progress was ever achieved'.

In the same month the legal battle over who was responsible for botching a Liver pool sewerage works which stunk out local residents will also begin.

United Utilities is taking Degremont to court over the problems, which saw the water giant issue a £50 million writ against three firms last year.

Degremont, which designed the plant at Sandon Dock, and builders McAlpine and specialist water firm Biwater were all accused of breach of contract.

Lawyers for 8,000 residents are due to issue legal proceedings against United later this month in which they are expected to claim £10 million in compensation.