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MARCH 1997: Grimshaw wins competition to design new £19 million spa AUGUST 2000: Mowlem appointed contractor.

Completion date set for May 2002 SEPTEMBER 2000: Work starts on site.

Fears raised over possible damage to spring source. Campaigners win injunction to stop further progress APRIL 2003: Already six months overdue, aking paint and cracks found. Mowlem blames Grimshaw's 'design specification'.

Allegations refuted. Costs up to £22million SEPTEMBER 2003: Opening suspended indefinitely. Mowlem refuses to remove paint for testing and denies council contractor access OCTOBER 2003: Council takes legal action to gain entry FEBRUARY 2004: Independent investigation reveals causes of problems, including improper use of render and contaminated paint. Mowlem, Grimshaw and RIW Toughseal all criticised JANUARY 2005: Vandals cause £100,000 of damage to facade FEBRUARY 2005: Mowlem offers to take control of project in a bid to end alleged 'smear campaign' by the council APRIL 2005: Council dumps Mowlem.

Mowlem brands council 'uncooperative, unprofessional and underhand' JUNE 2005: Troubleshooter Capita Symonds carries out full condition check and promises April 2006 opening SEPTEMBER 2005: Full extent of problems revealed in Capita Symonds report FEBRUARY 2006: Further issues with glazing found JULY 2006: More than four years behind schedule, an August opening date is officially set by spa operator Thermae

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