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More Woes For New Museum

Legal row with second set of architects hangs over launch

Written by . Published on June 17th 2011.

More Woes For New Museum

JUST weeks before it opens its brand spanking new Museum of Liverpool on the waterfront, there's reportedly more woe for National Museums Liverpool

According to BDOnline, the trade title, NML is preparing to launch legal action against its current architects, Manchester based AEW. Last year the architects firm recouped £500,000 in unpaid fees after a row over payments.

A spokesman for the museum says they haven't issued legal proceedings against AEW, however it is understood, says the magazine, that the practice is preparing to defend itself in court.

The Museum of Liverpool project at Mann Island has been delayed amidst allegations of missed deadlines. It will be just three-quarters complete when the main opening takes place in July. The second planned phase, it is hoped, will be completed in November.

It's the second legal row NML have faced with architects for the development.

Danish outfit 3XN were shown the figurative door in 2007. NML narrowly missed a copyright infringement case after 3XN claimed they had used their designs. 3XN also claimed they had not received payments.

NML and AEW had fallen out with 3XN after a row over the material to be used on the outside of the £72 million museum, originally due to open in Liverpool's European Capital of Culture year, 2008.

NML launched legal proceedings against the Danish firm earlier this year. It is expected they will face a counterclaim.

The cost to the taxpayer for settling the legal disputes are reported to have risen to £1.25 million.

Broadcaster Gillian Reynolds, resigned from the museum's board of trustees in 2008 over a separate issue, said NML was partly to blame for the scheme running late.

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AnonymousJune 22nd 2011.

Perhaps Dr Fleming should be invited to the House of Commons Culture Committee to explain what the hell is going on up here, and why so much public money is being used fighting legal battles. Perhaps also some MPs could use Parliamentary Privilege to say things that maybe ought to be said.

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