The ongoing saga surrounding the £72 million Museum of Liverpool has taken another twist – this time over unpaid fees to project architect AEW
The Manchester-based practice, which replaced Danish firm 3XN on the scheme in late 2007 (AJ 15.11.07), is understood to be heading towards adjudication over more than £100,000 in outstanding ‘additional’ fees.
Although the practice was unable to comment due to confidentiality clauses, a source close to the project said the museum was ‘fighting a rearguard action’ to try and keep costs down.
A spokesman for National Museums Liverpool was unwilling to clarify what led to the dispute, saying: ‘As in all major projects, issues regarding fees are private matters between the parties concerned.’
However, the museum refuted rumours that project manager Mace, which took over from Mott MacDonald in August last year, has left the project.
Engineer Buro Happold, when asked whether it had been paid, simply said: ‘We have a good working relationship with our client on this project. The fit-outs are about to commence on site and we are looking forward to future opportunities with them.’
It is believed fees are still owed to 3XN, although the firm agreed to be called the scheme’s ‘creative architect’ following a battle over copyright issues earlier this year.
Initially scheduled to complete externally in 2008, the Museum of Liverpool is not now due to open until summer 2011.