‘Substantial amount’ owed by council over project, firm claims

A civil engineering firm “will take advice on the merits of action” against a Northern Ireland council to claim back “substantial amounts” which it has said it is owed after it was dropped from a major contract following its administration.

Administrators were appointed to Lisburn firm Tal Civil Engineering Ltd in August, just seven months after Tal Ltd also went under, putting 50 jobs at risk.

One of the major projects it was working on was the delayed ‘public realm scheme’ in Ballymena, run by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council.

Tal Civil Engineering has completed some of the huge infrastructure project, but the council may now have to re-tender for the remaining work.

A report from administrator James Kennedy has now revealed that the council terminated Tal’s work, not long after a meeting to discuss the firm’s administration.

The report claims that “there remains substantial amounts due in respect of work in progress and retentions on this contract” and it will “seek advice on how best to deal with the amounts outstanding”.

Asked how much is outstanding, the council said the issue was “commercially sensitive”.

The administrator says in the report that “following my appointment, I met with the local council officials responsible for the Ballymena project.

“At that meeting certain minor points, were clarified and the matter rested with both parties…

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