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Peach Place Update

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Last week (March 13) the council wasmade aware that the main contractor at Peach Place, Dawnus ConstructionLimited, had gone into Administration.

Cllr Philip Mirfin, executive memberfor regeneration, said: “We were incredibly disappointed to hear the news aboutDawnus and feel greatly for the workers and businesses they employed on thesite, many of whom were locally based.

“At the time of their appointment in2016 the council undertook thorough due diligence checks on the company beforeproceeding and carried out follow up checks at key points all of which Dawnuspassed. However the construction industry remains volatile and the council isalways aware of the risks relating to projects such as this. On becoming awarerecently that Dawnus were under increased pressure the Council made sure theyhad contingency plans in place to step in should the issues escalate.

“This meant that we were able to moveswiftly after receiving confirmation and by the following morning had securedthe site and commissioned another contractor, local company CTS, to moveforward with construction in the short term. CTS will be focused on the mostimmediate works to allow our new tenants to open for business and we expect tohave several of these opened as planned along Rose Street and Bush Walk. I’dalso like to confirm that, despite rumours, those fitting out units for ourtenants have continued to work all last week.”

Alongside the work CTS is doing onsite we are also in the process of understanding the situation in respect ofthe Dawnus’ Sub-Contractor and Supplier’s contracts. As soon as the council hasa clear understanding it will be able to move forward with deciding how tocomplete the remainder of the works.

Delay

Whilst this is unfortunate, and willlead to a delay in the overall completion of the project, the council hopesthis will not have too much of an impact in opening up the new square andbusinesses. The project was close to completion with the majority of mainconstruction work finished and only a limited amount of work outstanding.

Cllr Mirfin added: “There willundoubtedly be an increase on the overall costs of the project though webelieve the remaining works at Peach Place can be delivered within the originalagreed budget. As mentioned before, with the works CTSare carrying out, we very much hope to see several of the new businesses openshortly as planned and will continue to issue updates as we move forward.”