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Promise that Bath Spa 'will open in April' comes despite glass dispute

Capita Symonds, the design consultancy that has taken over the delivery of the contentious Bath Spa project from Grimshaw, has vowed that the scheme will hit its latest completion deadline of April this year.

However, the team now overseeing the hugely controversial development has admitted to coming up against even more problems.

The Capita Symonds executive director for the project, Jonathan Goring, said in a statement that they face 'legal issues' over the replacement of problematic glazing.

'In addressing the faults we have identified - such as lifting floors to tackle leaks or removing ceilings to address electrical problems - we have uncovered several other design and/or workmanship issues,' he said.

'For example, poorly built shower room walls, inadequate support for a glass ceiling, non-connection of heat exchangers and leaks in copper piping. Clearly, such problems need to be rectified.

'The problem with the glass has become a complicated legal issue,' Goring said. 'The architect asked the glazier [Mag Hansen] to replace the glass to the standard required.

'The glazier refused to do this as part of its contract, so we have had to go to tender for a new supplier. We have appointed Haran Glass. Work will begin in February, subject to weather conditions.'

by Ed Dorrell

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