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Penalty for Cleveland at Wembley

AXED Wembley contractor Cleveland Bridge is believed to be owed millions by Multiplex for extra work on the delayed Wembley arch project.

Last week the firm was given 28 days' notice to leave the site after relations between the pair broke down. Cleveland is being replaced by Dutch contractor Hollandia.

One source told Construction News the steelwork firm was chasing a 'significant sum' following design changes on the 135 mhigh structure.

The original package was budgeted to cost £60 million but this is said to have ballooned over the £70 million mark. The source said: 'We'll only find out what the final bill is when Cleveland leaves the job.'

Multiplex said there were no outstanding claims but, in its termination letter to Cleveland last week, seen by CN, project director Ashley Muldoon states the pair were 'unable to agree a fixed lump sum and/or reimbursement subcontract sum for the completion of the subcontracts works'Cleveland Bridge declined to comment.