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Multiplex wins hotel legal fight

WEMBLEY builder Multiplex has enjoyed its second court success in a week after a judge upheld its claim for nearly £1.3 million in outstanding adjudication payments on the West India Quay hotel and residential scheme in London's Docklands.

Hard on the heels of its court success against Cleveland Bridge, the firm has won a legal fight against the West India Quay Development Company - a joint venture between property company Marylebone Warwick Balfour and Manhattan Loft Company - for costs caused by delays to the project.

Multiplex has been locked in a dispute with the developers and won nine adjudications in February. But the West India Quay Development Company refused to pay up, prompting the firm to issue a writ.

The contractor claimed the delays were caused by changes insisted upon by Marylebone Warwick Balfour. The job was eventually handed over at the end of 2004.

Multiplex managing director Martin Tidd said: 'We are delighted the judge has upheld the adjudicator's decision.'