Managers Tight-Lipped Over Quay Overspend In Scilly

st marys quay from aboveManagers in charge of the St Mary’s Quay project are remaining tight-lipped over the extent of the overspend.

Radio Scilly understands that the scheme has gone massively over its £8 million budget with some interested parties claiming the cost has double to £16 million.

Earlier this year there was dialogue with the government over extra cash for the works.

We asked Kier Construction, Cornwall Council and Mace, the company overseeing the quay works, to confirm whether the £16 million sum being discussed is accurate.

Phil Osmond, Senior Project Manager for Mace, says he can’t comment because of commercial considerations.

Cornwall Council says they can’t discuss figures because final sums can’t be calculated until the works end. But they have confirmed that costs are higher than expected.

Cornwall says the contract between the mainland authority and Kier, as the contractor, will be used to determine how any additional costs are apportioned.

The main delay has been caused by the contamination discovered in the area where the quay will be widened.

An alternative construction method that doesn’t risk releasing pollutants has now been accepted.

Phil Osmond says the works will be completed and will be of great benefit to the Isles of Scilly for many years to come.

7 Responses to Managers Tight-Lipped Over Quay Overspend In Scilly

  1. John Allsop September 21, 2015 at 11:00 am

    When are contractors for the coucil or Goverment going to be told you finish on time, on budget, or you the contractor will pay. and it will be done to our standards if you want the contract. End this granting contracts where a contractor can find excuses to increase charges for things so called found out after he surved the location of the work area.

  2. Jan Cardew September 19, 2015 at 10:34 am

    Crucially, will there be a covered queuing area for passengers? If not why are infirm, elderly, and young children expected to queue in adverse weather, without shelter?From concerned Grandmother and devotee of Scillies.

    • pgh September 19, 2015 at 5:51 pm

      yes there is (will be when its finished) a covered walkway along the east side of the building which stops at the new check in pill box on the north end of the building…….there is no covered area between the check in pill box and the ship though.

  3. Newquaygreen September 16, 2015 at 11:43 pm

    On Sunday they were carrying cement in buckets to do work on the buildings…seems to be a bit of a small time attitude! Who is paying for the double time I wonder?

  4. Allan Hicks September 10, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    Are we surprised ???

    • Ian T. September 18, 2015 at 8:20 pm

      No, Allan. It seems that all government type contracts these days are overspent no matter what they are. It seems that low quotes are made to get the job regardless of whether it can be done for the price. Enforced panalty clauses would help.