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Last Updated: Thursday, 8 April, 2004, 10:23 GMT 11:23 UK
Troubled tower project tops 10m
Spinnaker Tower
The tower remains unfinished
Council taxpayers in Portsmouth have received more bad news as the cost of the crisis-hit Spinnaker tower spirals beyond the 10m mark.

The ambitious landmark intended to open as part of the South coast's millennium celebrations has also been delayed for at least a further three months.

The city council has been heavily criticised over the fiasco, which was not intended to cost residents a penny.

The cost of the project has risen by 2m, and is due to finish in November.

The delay and cost overrun is exactly what was warned of in a highly-critical district auditor's report last month.

Spinnaker Tower
How the finished tower will look
It blamed Portsmouth City Council for entering a contract with the developers which left them liable for extra costs and unable to enforce an end date for the building work.

It said the council had handed developers, Mowlem, a "blank cheque".

Former council leader Leo Madden resigned ahead of the report, and the council's top legal advisor has been suspended on full pay.

Built on Gunwharf Quays, near Portsmouth Harbour station, the Spinnaker Tower was first approved by the Millennium Commission in 1995.



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SEE ALSO:
Residents backing troubled tower
29 Mar 04  |  Hampshire/Dorset
Spinnaker scandal council slammed
26 Mar 04  |  Hampshire/Dorset
Spinnaker report to slam council
26 Mar 04  |  Hampshire/Dorset
Resignation over millennium tower
19 Mar 04  |  Hampshire/Dorset
A tale of two cities
29 Sep 03  |  Hampshire/Dorset


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