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Contractor lined up to finish Welsh tower abandoned by Carillion

The developer of Wales’ tallest residential tower, which was abandoned by Carillion this month in a payment bust-up, is already in discussions with another contractor to get the project completed.

It is understood while the Ferrara Quay is speaking closely with one particular construction firm, Laing O’Rourke and Taylor Wimpey – which had originally also tendered for the scheme – might also have their names thrown in the ring.

Carillion walked off the site of the almost-completed Meridian Quay scheme in Swansea on 3 April after claiming Ferrara had missed a series of interim payments.

Chris Hope, a senior partner with the main selling agent Dawsons, said: “We are looking to secure an alternative construction company. We want to bring in a named company who will finish this scheme off.”

It is believed Carillion could take a number of weeks to finish withdrawing from the site, but a new contractor is hoped to be announced in the meantime.

Mr Hope said it was “very frustrating” that the issues could not be resolved when the project was so far advanced. He claimed that, as of the day Carillion left site, Ferrara was “100 per cent up-to-date” with its payments.

But according to papers filed at the High Court, Carillion served three notices on Ferrara earlier this year claiming the developer had defaulted their contract for late payment.

In a letter dated 13 February, Carillion threatened to walk and told the developer it would leave the site in 14 days. Following correspondence between the pair, the date was extended to 18 March. Carillion finally downed tools on 3 April.

Ferrara last month requested an injunction to prevent the contractor leaving site.

The developer, in its writ, said: “[We have] paid all outstanding interim payments.

“Carillion is not entitled to determine its employment under the contract and any purported determination relying [on the grounds of non-payment] would be unreasonable.”

However the court found in favour of Carillion. A spokeswoman for the firm would not comment whether it was still owed any money by Ferrara.

The 29-storey Meridian Quay Tower is only two months from completion.

Work on site began in August 2006 and the main tower – nearly 110m high – is to include 123 apartments.

The scheme consists of seven individual blocks – six of which have already been handed over.