28/Jul/2014 - Last News Update: 13:04

Dispute hits £21m Belfast Connswater plan

Category: Northern Ireland

Published: 23rd Aug 2011 06:18:53

A £21m construction project in east Belfast, backed by two Stormont departments and Belfast City Council, has run into difficulties.

The Connswater scheme was aimed at alleviating flooding and developing a public space for cyclists and walkers.

It would create a nine kilometre linear park following the course of the Knock, Connswater and Loop rivers.

The BBC understands a dispute has broken out between the contractors and Belfast City Council.

Last November, the £21m contract to build riverside walkways, flood defences and cycle paths was awarded to two firms - SIAC NI Limited and Galliford Try Infrastructure which is building the athletes' village for the London Olympics.

The contract was funded by Belfast City Council, the Big Lottery Fund, the Department of Agriculture and the Department for Social Development.

However, it is understood work surrounding the creation of new flood defences has run into difficulties and Belfast City Council and the two firms are trying to resolve the dispute.

One source told the BBC that unless the issue was resolved the contractors may not be able to carry on with the work - and could be forced to withdraw from the multi-million pound scheme.

A spokesman for Belfast City Council said the council was committed to delivering the project on time and within the budget.

Source:
BBC News External Link Show Citation

Latest News

Harvard Citation

BBC News, 2011. Dispute hits £21m Belfast Connswater plan [Online] (Updated 23rd Aug 2011)
Available at: http://www.ukwirednews.com/news/179791/Dispute-hits-21m-Belfast-Connswater-plan [Accessed 28th Jul 2014]

News In Other Categories

  • Glasgow 2014: Wales captain Aled Sion Davies 'gutted' with silver

    Team Wales captain Aled Sion Davies admits he was disappointed to have won only a Commonwealth Games silver in the F42/F44 discus final.
  • Emirates to stop flying over Iraq, say reports

    Emirates Airline will stop flying over Iraq to protect its passengers from the threat of Islamic militants on the ground, according to reports.
  • Bristol Academy extends reach overseas with first foreign students

    With the doors to its brand new £1million training centre officially open, one of the UK's leading apprentice training providers, Bristol based S&B Automotive Academy, is showcasing its world-class facilities by launching a series of foreign student exchanges for the first time in its 41-year history. To get a flavour of what life is like as an apprentice in the UK, the Academy hosted 16 apprentice engineers and bus drivers from the G9 Automotive College in Hamburg, Germany, as part of a Europe-wide vocational training initiative called the ‘Leonardo Programme’ with support from the European Social Fund. In a reciprocal arrangement, S&B will be sending nine apprentices to Germany during February 2012 so that they can get an appreciation of life in the automotive industry on the Continent. A further three German exchange groups are being planned for next year. Designed to assist the development of vocational skills and training across Europe, including work placements for trainees, the Leonardo Programme has a budget of €1.75bn, which is helping to encourage UK organisations to work with their counterparts abroad. In what is expected to be another challenging year for employers in the UK automotive sector, S&B’s Chief Executive, Jon Winter, claims that the exchange initiative will bring many benefits to the Academy and its apprentices: “In a world of global automotive brands, it’s important for our learners to understand the international context of the industry they have chosen to make their career. This new exchange programme will enable apprentices and Academy staff alike to achieve a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities within the automotive arena in Europe. With the Academy’s influence also extending to the USA and Asia, there’s every possibility that this initiative could move further afield in the future.” Continued Winter: “The need for skilled technicians across the world is on the increase and we actively encourage our apprentices to look at broader horizons during their training. Many of them have already learned the phrase ‘Vorsprung durch Gelehrtheit’, quite simply, ‘Advancement through learning.” In the 2010/11 academic year, S&B doubled the number of successful Apprenticeships over the previous year with some 350 apprentices graduating from the Academy. At the same time, achievement levels reached an all-time high with an overall success rate of 85%. For those learners on the Advanced Apprenticeship three-year programme, success rates were even higher, at over 98%. PHOTO CAPTION: As part of their exchange visit, S&B Automotive Academy arranged for the German apprentices to visit Hampshire bus operator, Bluestar, at its Barton Park depot. The students are pictured with S&B’s Andy West (3rd right) and Steve Prewett, Bluestar’s Area Engineering Manager (2nd right). Ends http://www.sandbaa.com
  • Venezuela gives 'hero's welcome' to freed general Carvajal

    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has welcomed the release of Gen Hugo Carvajal, who had been detained on the Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba.
  • Scottish independence: SNP considers 'Scottish minimum wage'

    An independent Scotland would consider introducing a minimum wage that would rise in line with the cost of living, the SNP has said.
  • Ebola outbreak: Liberia shuts most border points

    Most border crossings in Liberia have been closed and communities hit by an Ebola outbreak face quarantine to try to halt the spread of the virus.