Lakeside upgrade costs rise due to building delays

Lakeside upgrade costs rise due to building delays

by Tom Martin (July 2022)

AN extra £171,000 will be needed to complete the upgrade at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre as the costs begin to pile up for the council due to delays in its construction.

The £3.1million refurbishment, which has been wholly funded by the Liverpool Combined Authority, was supposed to be finished by the end of 2021, but has been hit by  setbacks due to “a failure of the previous contractor.”

Due to the “many months” of delays, the council claims that  it has caused additional costs  due to “inflation in terms of labour and materials.”

At a Cabinet meeting on Thursday, July 28, the council hopes to approve plans to spend an extra £171,000 to address the shortfall.

The majority of the upgrade is already complete, but more money is needed for the ‘Bunkbarn’ section of the plans.

Crosby Lakeside is a popular venue for both locals and visitors to the area but has remained closed since work began last year.

A report published ahead of the meeting states: “The main hospitality facilities are close to completion, but the Bunkbarn element (a new residential unit for schools and community use) has seen further cost increases primarily as a result of construction inflation.

“These costs exceed the additional funding provided by the Combined Authority. Council funding in the amount of £171,000 is proposed from the Economic Recovery Fund to cover this budget shortfall and ensure delivery and completion of the project.”

The Champion reported in November last year how the previous contractor, Crossfield Construction, had its contract terminated after Sefton Council said it had faced “unacceptable delays.”

The company responded by saying it was “disappointed” and said the Covid-19 pandemic had brought on “significant challenges.”

The new-look  Crosby Lakeside  Adventure Centre will have a new and improved hospitality offer including enhanced wedding, conference, a hotel, dining and bar facilities at the venue.

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