Saturday 24 November 2007

Builders launch 420m court bid

This is now an old story within planning circles, but I thought it should be included.

FOUR construction companies are seeking to be indemnified by three companies in the Lagan Group for the estimated E20m costs of repairing damage allegedly caused by the use of "defective'' infill in the construction of houses on three housing estates in Co Dublin.

The proceedings came before the Commercial Court yesterday and relate to houses on estates at Drynam Hall, Kettles Lane, Kinsealy, Co Dublin; Beaupark, Clongriffin, Dublin 13; and Myrtle, The Coast, Baldoyle, Dublin 13.

Mr Justice Peter Kelly admitted to the Commercial Court list the proceedings by Hansfield Developments, Viking Construction, Menolly Properties and Menolly Homes against Irish Asphalt Limited, Lagan Holdings Ltd and Lagan Construction Ltd.

The judge was told by a solicitor for the defendants' insurers that there was a dispute between it and the defendants which may be resolved this week.

The plaintiffs claim the defendants were negligent and in breach of contract in relation to the infill and are obliged to indemnify the plaintiffs for remedial works and related expenditure on the estates.

It is claimed that the cost of addressing the problems is some E12.4m in relation to Drynam Hall; E4.32m for Beaupark and some E2.97m for Myrtle.

Tim Healy
Irish Independent

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