Galliford Try pockets £2.9million over abandoned border installation job


Galliford Try was awarded £2.9m for ‘pre-construction’ work he carried out on an inland border facility which has since been abandoned, Building News can reveal.

The firm has been contracted to deliver the 15-hectare site in Dover, Kent, under a two-stage design and build contract, worth £27.9 million. It was intended for customs checks, physical inspections and clearance of goods entering and leaving the UK.

After a reversal, the government abandoned the project in June, arguing that the existing facilities had “sufficient capacity” to cope with the flow of cross-border traffic.

However, NC can reveal that Galliford Try pocketed just under £3million from the now-deleted project after completing the first stage of work on the site.

In response to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request, HMRC confirmed that the work undertaken by the contractor covered pre-construction services, while part of the payment was for materials.

The Department for Transport (DfT) is currently investigating “alternative uses” for the site to “ensure good value for money”, HMRC added.

It also claims the government saved £120million by scrapping the plans – about the same value as the construction and maintenance work required at the site.

Typically, a pre-construction services agreement involves design assistance, compiling tender documents for subcontractors, and preparing the site for the work.

The inland border settlement of White Cliffs would have been located close to the A2 in Kent and the villages of Guston and Whitfield.

Kent’s road network, and the section through Dover in particular, has come under considerable pressure since the UK voted to leave the EU, with customs controls in place since the start of 2021 .

A government spokesman said it was “monitoring[s] performance” of all inland border facilities works to ensure that they offer good value for money.

‘Current expenditure has been managed very closely to date, and the decision not to proceed with development of Dover IBF has saved around £120m,’ they added, confirming that the DfT is considering further development. other ways to develop the site.

Galliford Try declined to comment.

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