Court action is over outstanding fees and alleged ventilation defects

Education secretary Michael Gove and London’s Westminster Academy are suing BDP for £3m over alleged defects.

The action has been launched over claims of faulty ventilation leading to stuffy classrooms at the Stirling prize-nominated building. BDP was the lead consultant on the project.

The academy accuses BDP of “negligent breach of duty” in the action lodged with the Technology and Construction Court, seen by our sister title Building Design.

The Department of Education is also claiming that BDP was mistakenly overpaid.

BDP said: “We can confirm that proceedings have been issued and served upon us and we are now fully aware of their contents.

“This dispute has arisen between BDP and the Academy in relation to outstanding fees and certain aspects of the project. We are currently liaising with other members of the design team and assembling our defence and are still optimistic that a speedy resolution can be found.

“Since proceedings have been issued and served it is inappropriate for us to speculate or comment any further.”