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Spa firm: 'Leave us to finish work'

MOWLEM is confident it can complete the beleaguered Bath Spa in as little as six months if it is left alone to get on with the job.

In a bold move, the contractor has challenged Bath and North East Somerset Council to allow it to take total responsibility for the rest of the scheme, which Mowlem believes it can deliver for a total price of £26 million - £10 million less than the council's projected cost.

Mowlem guaranteed it would bear any costs incurred over the £26 million mark, should it be given free rein on the project.

It also attacked the client for its 'systematic smear campaign' and slated architect Nicholas Grimshaw for losing a design solution Mowlem had compiled last November.

Mowlem said: 'There is simply no need for the council to continually vote through more millions upon more millions in order to fund a team of 23 consultants and employees and numerous solicitors to fight us.

'Instead, pay us a fair price, let us take on the remaining risk and let us finish the spa.

We can do it more quickly and more economically than anyone else.'

The council is awaiting detailed plans from Mowlem before making a decision on the contractor's offer.