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Birse gets snappy as Kodak wrangle develops into writ

BIRSE is suing film and camera giant Kodak six years after it finished a job which it claims doubled in price.

The writ was filed at the Technology & Construction Court in London last month and relates to a £2.4 million civil engineering project the firm began in 1996 and completed a year later.

Birse was contracted to carry out the infrastructure work for a industrial building to house a resin coating machine, known as the Kodak RC2 contract, which the film maker was having built at its manufacturing plant in Harrow.

The north London complex was part of a wider £60 million development, which was project managed by US engineering firm Fluor Daniel.

A source close to the project said: 'Birse has been dealing with Fluor Daniel rather than Kodak because they were the ones in charge and the ones who Birse was dealing with on a dayto-day basis.'

In the writ Birse says it is owed £2.3 million - a near doubling of the original contract - which it blamed on a number of reasons including delay, disruption, variations, suspension and late issue of information.

A Birse spokesman said: 'We have been trying to negotiate a way through this for the past six years.

'We have had to issue the writ in order to get back what we're owed otherwise we would have legally been out of time to do anything in the courts.'

A Kodak spokeswoman said:

'I can confirm that this case is being commercially disputed, the details of which are confidential.' Fluor Daniel declined to comment.