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Red faces expected at BDP as Edinburgh hold-up is denied

Heavyweight practice BDP has denied that its Edinburgh city council headquarters project will be delayed - despite admissions of a hold-up from both contractors and councillors.

Council staff had been expected to move into the £80 million complex next month, but contractor, Miller Construction, confirmed yesterday (29.08.06) that the project will not be finished until at least November.

But a spokeswoman from BDP said: 'There is no delay. We will be handing over to the council in October, who will have a fit-out period with their own interior designers. As far as we're concerned we're right on target.'

The statement will come as an embarrassment to the practice, which it appears, has not been told by Miller Construction that the project is behind schedule.

In yesterday's statement, Miller Construction said: 'I can confirm we now have a formal extension of seven weeks and are working to the revised handover date, which will take place in November.'

The blame for the delay has been laid on the shoulders of two subcontractors employed by Miller, who both went into administration earlier in the year.

This is the second delay to the 18,500m 2project, and work has been continuing on the site behind Waverley Station for more than two-and-a-half years.

The last delay was put down to wrangling between the council, developers, Network Rail and GNER.

Liberal Democrat city councillor Marilyne MacLaren, said: 'We've been boasting for ages about how the project was going to be on time. Now at the last minute there appear to be these delays. It's not good enough to put the blame on subcontractors.'

by Richard Vaughan

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