Contractor’s subsidiary accused of building “defectively designed and constructed” office blocks


Contractor Galliford Try is facing a legal claim for over £700,000 for alleged leaks at an office development in Crawley.

The three Pegasus buildings were built by Galliford Try’s subsidiary Try Construction between 2001 and 2002 for investor McKay Securities.

The buildings, totalling around 60,000ft2, included a terracotta tile rainscreen system as part of the external cladding that McKay Securities claimed, in papers filed at the High Court, was “defectively designed and constructed in that it is not watertight”.

McKay claimed it had already carried out remedial work to one of the three buildings at a cost of £171,047 and the total cost of the repairs and investigations for all three buildings would come to £714,996.

It claimed fixing the problem required it to remove all the tiles and insulation to “install a watertight membrane”; renew the fire protection coatings on the steelwork that had been “damaged by water ingress”; and improve the windproofing of the insulation boards.

A Galliford Try spokesperson said the firm would “be responding with its defence in due course”, but declined to comment further.