Galliford Try was paid 2.9m for pre-construction work it completed on an inland border facility which has since been abandoned, Construction News can reveal.
The firm was contracted to provide the 15-hectare site in Dover, Kent, under a two-stage design-and-build contract, to the worthiness of 27.9m. It had been designed for customs checks, physical inspections, and the clearance of goods entering and leaving the united kingdom.
Carrying out a change of heart, the government scrapped the project in June, arguing that existing facilities had enough capacity to cope with the flow of cross-border traffic.
However, CN can reveal that Galliford Try pocketed just shy of 3m on the now-axed project after it completed the initial stage of focus on site.
Giving an answer to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request, HMRC confirmed the task undertaken by the contractor covered pre-construction services, although some of the payment was for materials.
The Department for Transport (DfT) happens to be considering alternative uses for the website to ensure affordability, HMRC added.
In addition, it claims the federal government saved 120m by scrapping the plans approximately exactly the same value because the construction and maintenance work required at the website.
Typically, a pre-construction services agreement involves helping with the look, compiling tender documents for sub-contractors and preparing the website for work.
The White Cliffs inland border facility could have been located near to the A2 in Kent, and the villages of Guston and Whitfield.
The street system in Kent, and the stretch through Dover specifically, has come under considerable strain because the UK voted to leave the EU, with customs controls enacted right from the start of 2021.
A government spokesperson said it monitor[s] the performance of most inland border facility works to be sure they provide affordability.
Current spending has been managed very closely up to now, and your choice never to continue with the development of Dover IBF has saved around 120m, they added, confirming the DfT is considering alternative means of developing the website.
Galliford Try declined to comment.