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Corstorphine and Wright accepts out-of-court settlement in legal battle with contractor

London-based practice Corstorphine and Wright has accepted an 'undisclosed sum' from contractor Birse Build in an out-of-court settlement that ends a long-running legal spat between the firms.

In January the Clerkenwell-based architect began High Court proceedings to clear its name in response to an earlier adjudication that had ruled it was guilty of professional negligence when working on the Queen Elizabeth Park development in Guildford, Surrey (Corstorphine and Wright sues contractor in £1 million legal battle).

That adjudication found the architect guilty of failing to realise it was working on an incorrect plan supplied by Birse, which meant the project was built 150cm away from the correct place. Birse - which has since been acquired by Balfour Beatty - won £330,000 in damages.

Now, after months preparing for a £1 million legal rematch, Corstorphine and Wright has revealed that lawyers for Birse have settled out of court 'in recognition of [its] contribution towards the delays to the Queen Elizabeth Park development in Guildford, Surrey'.

Corstorphine and Wright managing director Steve Barnett said: 'We are very happy with the settlement. It was substantially in our favour.'

At the time of the original adjudication the architect said that 'if Birse Build had followed its own site engineer's manual; and industry-standard practice; and relevant codes and standards in setting out, the error would have been discovered shortly after setting out'.

by Max Thompson

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