Details have emerged of a legal row between Bovis Lend Lease and Interserve over M&E work carried out by the latter on a £49m sweet factory in Yorkshire

Interserve is suing the construction giant for almost £3m following claims that Bovis failed to pay money owed after it terminated Interserve’s contract.

The row centres around a 5,000m2 development at Monkhill Confectionery in Pontefract, a subsidiary of Cadbury’s.

Interserve’s £2.9m claim includes £123,000 that it alleges Bovis failed to pay subcontracted staff to work through their tea break.

The writ also claims that Bovis owes money to several firms subcontracted by Interserve, including £416,000 to Senior Hargreaves, which installed ductwork and £273,500 to OMJ Electrical which were responsible for carrying out electrical works.

In addition, Bovis is accused of failing to pay £272,700 for staff costs and of failing to return retention cash of £258,312 to Interserve.

The number of claims lodged at the Technology and Construction Court has already reached 477, exceeding last year’s 396.