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Quinlan Terry faces court again

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Neo-classical architect Quinlan Terry is embroiled in yet another legal battle after being accused of making a tunnel collapse.

Terry was slapped on the wrist by ARB earlier this year following his criminal conviction for demolishing two Grade II-listed buildings in Regent’s Park in 2007.

Now his firm, Quinlan and Francis Terry Architects, is facing a £150,000 legal claim in respect to the same £50 million development of John Nash’s Hanover House, when a deep tunnel carrying electricity across the park was damaged during construction work.

According to a High Court writ, two pile boreholes were driven through the tunnel roof after the firm allegedly supplied inaccurate drawings of the area.

As a result, troubled contractor Haymills said it was forced to cough up damages to electricity company EDF and is claiming the practice was negligent in failing to establish the exact location of the tunnel before instructing it to carry out piling works.

When workmen from the London-based contractors hit an obstruction on 27 January 2004, the architects negligently instructed Haymills to carry on, which made the situation worse, it is claimed.

However, a source at the ARB said it was unlikely, whatever the outcome, that Terry would appear before its Professional Complaints Committee unless there was an official complaint.

In February, Terry was officially reprimanded after the board’s PCC said he did not deserve to be struck off for his role in the destruction of the listed lodges.

Meanwhile, Terry is not on the Chelsea Barracks redevelopment shortlist, despite Prince Charles’ preference for a classical scheme.

Terry was unavailable for comment.

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