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Wembley subbie steps up fight

Cleveland Bridge boss Roddy Grant to oversee steelwork contractor's High Court battle with Multiplex

CLEVELAND Bridge boss Roddy Grant has been moved sideways to spearhead the steelwork contractor's legal battle with Wembley stadium builder Multiplex.

Mr Grant only joined the firm from Amec's capital projects division last February.But he has stepped down as chief executive and been replaced by Whessoe managing director Jon Dale.

Whessoe and Cleveland Bridge are owned by Saudi-based Al Rushaid Investment Group. The pair have their offices in Darlington, County Durham, and Cleveland's sister company Dorman Long Technology has recently moved its staff to Whessoe's Brinkburn Road premises.

Owner Sheikh Abdullah Al Rushaid appointed Mr Dale as Cleveland Bridge president. He will divide his time between the two roles.

Mr Grant, who is staying in construction and is understood to be looking at buying into another business, is being kept on to advise the sheikh on how its legal fight with Multiplex is progressing.

The pair are suing each other for around £25 million after Cleveland Bridge was replaced as Wembley steelwork contractor last summer.The High Court case is due to start next April.

Mr Dale said: 'Roddy is looking after the Wembley action.We have put the Wembley job on its own and are keeping it away from the rest of the business.Whessoe has a strong order book and is winning work.But clearly Wembley has affected Cleveland's order book.We have got work for the next few months but need work going forward.

'Part of my going there is in order to help that along.'

He admitted that the dispute with Multiplex meant Cleveland was having to convince clients the battle would not divert management attention.

He added: 'Anybody wanting to work with Cleveland Bridge will get the undivided attention of our management team on their projects.'

The group added that Cleveland Bridge, DLT and Whessoe would continue to trade independently.