WILKINSON EYRE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR BUDGET RISE
The sensational way that you have reported the budget increase of the scheme for the arena and conference centre at Kings Waterfront, Liverpool (ajplus 12.12.06) implies that this has been the responsibility of Wilkinson Eyre. This is not the case.
The building has been procured on a fixed lump sum and the report in the Liverpool Daily Post was incorrect in attributing the additional monies to base-build elements such as cladding, which has been procured and is currently being installed. The application for additional funding is a result of client changes and a shortfall in their fit-out budget. Wilkinson Eyre has not been party to the breakdown of these additional funds.
Moreover, the original story that appeared on www.ajplus. co. uk stated that Wilkinson Eyre was unavailable for comment. This was not the case. Directors were in meetings discussing this project and responded to the request for a comment at the earliest opportunity. This was subsequently ignored when the story appeared in the AJ's print edition (AJ 14.12.06).
With a year to go before completion, the project remains on programme and will provide the focus for Liverpool's European Capital of Culture celebrations in 2008.
Oliver Tyler, project director, Wilkinson Eyre Architects, London