Lendlease, which reported pre-tax profits of $1.2bn in 2017 and has a long history of legal, ethical and worker safety controversy, has won a mega £330m contract to refurbish the Town Hall despite also being embroiled in a Grenfell-style cladding row in Manchester.
The news comes despite the official opposition on Manchester Council denouncing Lendlease and arguing that the firm should never be awarded a council contract again.
Manchester Liberal Democrat Leader, John Leech, said:
"The fact we even considered awarding a contract worth more than a quarter of a billion pounds to a firm that has treated Manchester residents so appallingly shows just what little regard this council has for local people.
"When it was revealed that Lendlease was in the running for this contract, the Lib Dems demanded the firm not be awarded any further contracts until they resolved the previous issues that were hitting local people here in Manchester.
"But now that Lendlease has been given this huge contract regardless of how badly they have treated local people, Manchester Council must insist that they pay the £3m Green Quarter cladding bill that is crippling local people and end this disgraceful saga once and for all.
”We should, and must, be demanding much higher standards than this for Manchester residents."
In October 2018, the Liberal Democrats revealed that Lendlease was one of two major companies set to profit from a mega £330m contract to renovate Manchester Town Hall despite being responsible for a bitter Grenfell-style cladding row in the city.
Green Quarter residents in Manchester are being asked to cough up £3m by the building's new freeholders - Pemberstone - to replace unsafe cladding Lendlease used in two tower blocks.
In Manchester's full council meeting (03/10/18), Opposition Leader John Leech told the chamber that "under absolutely no circumstances" should Lendlease be considered for a Council Contract ever again until they pay the £3m cladding bill.
Vallea Court and Cypress Place in Manchester's Green Quarter failed fire safety checks in July 2017 and were found to have cladding similar to Grenfell Tower.
The buildings, which include 345 flats, were developed by Australian company Lendlease and then sold as freehold to investment firm Pemberstone in 2015.
Documents from Lendlease to flat owners at the time of purchase read: “Lendlease will undertake, at our expense, to complete any accepted defect that has arisen as a result of either faulty materials or defective workmanship.”
But a spokesperson for Lendlease says: “Shepherd’s Construction, were responsible for the design and build of Vallea Court and Cyprus Place, and the current owner of the building is Pemberstone Ltd.”
Flat owners, many of whom bought their homes through the Help to Buy scheme, have turned to crowdfunding to raise money for legal advice.
Lendlease has a long history of legal, ethical and worker safety controversy.