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Three battle to replace ISG on £50m York City Stadium

Three contractors are in the race to replace ISG as main contractor on York’s new £50m Community Stadium, Construction News can reveal.

CN understands that Buckingham, McLaughlin & Harvey and Sir Robert McAlpine are lining up to build the project, which has been without a main contractor since ISG walked away in December last year.

Costs are also estimated to have gone up again on the scheme, which comprises a 8,000-seat stadium, leisure facilities and a cinema complex, with the project now set to cost £50m.

The stadium and its associated development, which will be home to York City Football Club and York City Knights rugby league club, was originally forecast to cost £37m and open in spring 2017.

The council had originally expected to borrow £8m to fund the project, but this was revised upwards to £14m in 2016.

The overall cost of the scheme was revised up to £44m in 2016, contributing to ISG dropping out of the project in December.

In March this year, the council approved an additional £5.4m of borrowing to push the project forward.

As of this month, Construction News understands the project value has now risen to £50m.

Announcing it would walk away from the project last year, ISG said: “Our commitment to the stadium has never been in question and we have worked diligently to explore every opportunity to bring the scheme to site.

“However, with further delays caused by the judicial review and increasing cost pressures, we’ve been unable to reach a consensus for the next phase of the project.

“We will continue to support our partners as they seek an alternative contractor.”

Plans were first granted for the scheme in 2015.

In January this year, a judicial review found in favour of the council after Vue Cinemas, which runs a nearby cinema complex, contested its decision to approve a larger cinema than had been originally agreed for rival firm Cineworld at the site.

The council expects the project to be operational by 2018, with the football club hoping to move in in time for the 2018/19 season.

Buckingham declined to comment. McLaughlin & Harvey and Sir Robert McAlpine have been contacted for comment.

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