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Hochtief settles dispute over Hamburg concert hall
December 15, 2012 / 2:35 PM / 5 years ago

Hochtief settles dispute over Hamburg concert hall

VIENNA, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Hochtief, the German construction and industrial services provider controlled by Spain’s ACS, has struck a compromise with the city of Hamburg that will end a legal battle over a concert hall there, the company said.

The Elbphilharmonie development had turned out to be a costly project for Hochtief due to disputes with Hamburg over construction delays. The spat contributed to a surprise second-quarter loss at the group.

The new deal calls for project costs including planning to be fixed at 575 million euros ($753.8 million) and the hall to be built within 40 months, Hochtief said on Saturday.

It said new contracts should be agreed by the end of February 2013, ending legal skirmishes in the case.

The hall was originally supposed to cost 241 million euros but Hamburg had to chip in another 137 million in 2008. Hochtief had said in July that another 60 million was in dispute, but has not said what provisions it has set aside.

“Restructuring the project will be made possible because all the parties are prepared to make extensive financial concessions,” Chief Executive Marcelino Fernandez Verdes said, without elaborating.

“Our company will expend many millions of euros, provide comprehensive guarantees and take on much more responsibility to build the Elbphilharmonie as quickly and as well as possible.”

$1 = 0.7628 euros Reporting by Michael Shields; Editing by Alison Williams

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