Air-conditioning firm clashes with contractor over pay

An air-conditioning company is heading for a High Court showdown with the main contractor on a £40m commercial development in Jersey. Maidstone-based Air Design (Kent) accuses Deerglen (Jersey) of failing to pay in full for its work on the Liberty Wharf phase three development.

Air Design carried out mechanical installation works on the site, as part of £1.7m contract, but then claimed an extra £468,704.09 for additional work on the project. Deerglen disputed this. An adjudicator ordered Deerglen to pay Air Design £139,964 plus interest, but Air Design says this amount remains outstanding, and is asking the court to turn its ruling into a court order which can be enforced through the court system.

Liberty Wharf is a huge mixed development project at a waterfront site in St Helier, that forms part of a new business district on the island. The scheme includes turning a former abattoir into a bus station, building a five-storey office block called Liberation House and providing 50,000ft² of retail space in a covered shopping arcade, as well as a hotel, apartments, and a tourism centre.