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Amec hit by huge delays. . .

A FLAGSHIP housing scheme in Manchester is months behind schedule and could cost main contractor Amec millions.

The firm is building the £55 million Left Bank apartments for Westbury Homes.Site sources claim the job is up to a year late and Amec is being charged £64,000 a week in penalties.

The source said: 'Amec's top brass have got involved and been down to see what's going on, everyone is getting very edgy.'

Another subcontractor said: 'The job is running a year behind, but I'm not sure what's holding it up.The release of phases has been delayed and everyone is suffering.'

A statement from Westbury Homes and Amec said: 'We can confirm that the construction of the Leftbank apartments on the Spinningfields development is behind the original contract programme and delays are subject to ongoing discussion between Amec and Westbury Homes.

'We are still confident that a satisfactory conclusion to the project will be achieved.'

Two tragedies have hit the site. In March, Amec health and safety adviser Christopher Fallon Turner died when he was hit by a pallet of concrete slabs. In April 2004, Shawton Engineering scaffolder Christopher Heaton fell to his death.