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Maze stadium plan bill hits £4m

By Noel McAdam

A breakdown of the costs of the stalled Maze stadium project has emerged as questions remain over the range of estimates which were given.

With the Stormont Executive anticipated to discuss a decision not to proceed with the project, Sports and Culture Minister Gregory Campbell has totalled costs for the multi-sports complex at close to £4m.

The latest costings come after the Belfast Telegraph revealed in December a deal between Sinn Fein and the DUP has ruled the stadium out for four years.

The two parties have also agreed, however, that a Conflict Resolution Centre will be built on the former prison site near Lisburn and Mr Campbell is expected to confirm a major refurbishment of Windsor Park.

In a written answer to Ulster Unionist MLA George Savage, Mr Campbell detailed the organisations his department contracted, the functions they undertook, and the payments they have received, including

l PricewaterhouseCoopers: Development of Business Plan and Outline Business Case £285,691

l Mott MacDonald/HOK Sports Partnership Stadium Design £3,139,530

l KPMG/Davis Langdon Programme Management £144,922

l Fire IMC Advertising for Naming Rights Competition £10,374

l Mott MacDonald CEEQUAL(sustainability/environmental quality assessment) £4,670

l Central Procurement Directorate Procurement £13,521

While Mr Campbell’s department has refused to comment on speculation, Mr Savage said the decision not to proceed would leave people disadvantaged. “I knew there was a lot of money spent on it but I did not realise that it was this much,” the Upper Bann MLA said. “This £4m has been badly managed and badly handled. Now we are left with the Maze project and no one knows where it is going.”

Last May a leaked report from the Department of Finance and Personnel, revealed in the Belfast Telegraph, calculated the net expenditure costs by 2014-15 of between £307m and £379m, some three times the original estimates.

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