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Bovis sued over blaze at office site


BOVIS Lend Lease is being sued for over £1 million following allegations it was responsible for a fire at an office complex it was refurbishing in central London four years ago.

The writ, which has been filed at the Technology & Construction Court in London, has been issued by three finance companies in connection with the blaze on Boxing Day 2000.

The office at Connaught Place near Marble Arch was being revamped by its specialist refurbishment arm Bovis Lelliott.

In the writ, Oyster Bay Capital, Sea Cliff Investment Holdings and Tidewater International Investments claim 'damages for negligence, nuisance and breach of contract on the part of the defendant, which caused a fire at 8 Connaught Place' It adds: 'The claimants expect to recover in excess of £1 million.'

A Bovis spokesman said the claim was in the hands of its insurers and added: 'The first we knew about such a fire was when we got the writ.'