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RIBA's northern base delayed again

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The RIBA’s latest architecture centre in Liverpool remains unopened due to snagging, more than two months after its rescheduled launch date

Earlier this summer the institute said its RIBA North centre, which will also become the base for its North West office, would open in August, two years later than first planned.

But concerns over the quality of finish at the space within Broadway Malyan’s Mann Island waterfront development have resulted in additional work and further delays.

In separate statements to The Architects’ Journal, developer Neptune Developments and the RIBA attribute concerns about the quality of finish to the other party.

Steve Parry, managing director at Neptune, said: ‘Unfortunately it has taken longer than anticipated to achieve the standards of finish required by RIBA for a number of reasons.’

But a statement from the RIBA said: ‘The developer has decided that the quality of finish of several key elements is not at the desired level and has declined to issue the practical completion certificate, which we need in order to exchange contracts and complete the lease.’

Neptune said that work will be finished within days and the certificate of practical completion will then be issued.

RIBA North was originally earmarked for completion in April 2014, according to former RIBA president Stephen Hodder.

In June this year the RIBA said the hold-up had been caused by ‘many factors’ including the prioritisation of schemes in London.

A spokeswoman said at the time: ‘As is common with many building projects, there have been a few delays, for example at the start of the build in agreeing contractors’ proposals and one or two issues with the sourcing of building materials and final finishes.’

The Mann Island development won a RIBA North West Award in 2015.

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