Contractor Carillion in negotiations to take on stalled Hilton Hotel project at the Ageas Bowl cricket ground

Builder in talks over controversial hotel

Builder in talks over controversial hotel

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Eastleigh Chief Reporter

A MAJOR contractor has confirmed it is in talks to finish a controversial tax-payer-funded hotel at the home of Hampshire cricket.

Carillion has admitted negotiations have been going on over taking on the part-finished Hilton Hotel at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.

The huge building project, underpinned with the promise of millions of pounds from Eastleigh tax payers, has been locked up for five months after the previous contractors Denizen plunged into administration.

Council leader Keith House claimed more than a week ago that he hoped a contractor would be on site “in a matter of days”.

But a Carillion spokesman told the Daily Echo: “We have had talks regarding this project but there is absolutely no agreement in place. At this stage we are not involved.”

The Liberal Democrat-controlled council agreed to pay more than £27m for the completed hotel – unchanged even if building charges spiral. It has already spent around £3.4m upfront in consultancy and services fees and has bought the ground the hotel sits on for £1.1m.

The council also bought the lease of the 167-acre Ageas Bowl site for £6.5m in 2011, as revealed by the Daily Echo.

The facility in West End was set to create 500 jobs, pumping up to £55m a year into the local economy on its expected opening this month.

The hotel is highly unlikely to be completed by the time England play India in a Test match at the ground in July and Hampshire Cricket has said it is unable to comment.

The announcement comes after the Daily Echo revealed how leaked documents showed that Denizen went bust after bosses revealed they would lose more than £2m by completing the Hampshire project.

The Co-operative Bank withdrew further funding when bank bosses became aware of Denizen’s financial problems, according to the report.

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5:49am Fri 7 Mar 14

Danae says...

Para 2, last word ... delete 'Southampton' ... insert 'West End'.
Para 2, last word ... delete 'Southampton' ... insert 'West End'. Danae
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10:12am Fri 7 Mar 14

jazzy54zz says...

Quite right, it's in WEST END not Southampton and it's us council tax payers in Eastleigh who are footing the huge bill thanks to idiots on the council like Keith House.
Quite right, it's in WEST END not Southampton and it's us council tax payers in Eastleigh who are footing the huge bill thanks to idiots on the council like Keith House. jazzy54zz
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11:37am Fri 7 Mar 14

From the sidelines says...

This story details Keith House's continued lies and misinformation.

Anyone see a pattern emerging?
This story details Keith House's continued lies and misinformation. Anyone see a pattern emerging? From the sidelines
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11:59am Fri 7 Mar 14

RealTalkSouthampton says...

Does it really matter if Southampton/West end/Eastleigh is used. In some respects you could say the use of Southampton could imply SO postcode, Phone number etc. Also Some government stats would include westend as part of Southampton. Point being why not focus the attention on this project being finished and something that can brings a positive contribution to us all(Regardless of administrative boundaries).
Does it really matter if Southampton/West end/Eastleigh is used. In some respects you could say the use of Southampton could imply SO postcode, Phone number etc. Also Some government stats would include westend as part of Southampton. Point being why not focus the attention on this project being finished and something that can brings a positive contribution to us all(Regardless of administrative boundaries). RealTalkSouthampton
  • Score: 0

1:15pm Fri 7 Mar 14

03alpe01 says...

From the sidelines wrote:
This story details Keith House's continued lies and misinformation.

Anyone see a pattern emerging?
Boot him out in May?
[quote][p][bold]From the sidelines[/bold] wrote: This story details Keith House's continued lies and misinformation. Anyone see a pattern emerging?[/p][/quote]Boot him out in May? 03alpe01
  • Score: 2

2:06pm Fri 7 Mar 14

From the sidelines says...

03alpe01 wrote:
From the sidelines wrote:
This story details Keith House's continued lies and misinformation.

Anyone see a pattern emerging?
Boot him out in May?
Ideally, yes.

But I fear that the good people of Eastleigh feel more comfortable listening to his lies than they do facing the truth.

See how it works?
[quote][p][bold]03alpe01[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]From the sidelines[/bold] wrote: This story details Keith House's continued lies and misinformation. Anyone see a pattern emerging?[/p][/quote]Boot him out in May?[/p][/quote]Ideally, yes. But I fear that the good people of Eastleigh feel more comfortable listening to his lies than they do facing the truth. See how it works? From the sidelines
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7:07am Sat 8 Mar 14

skeptik says...

We elect fools and then wonder why they are foolish. The question should be - 'what has gone wrong with local politics in that incompetents thrive'. Are decent sensible folk put off - easy to see why if that is so. View with suspicion anyone claiming they wish to serve - a tad unfair, most do want to serve - self serving mostly.
We elect fools and then wonder why they are foolish. The question should be - 'what has gone wrong with local politics in that incompetents thrive'. Are decent sensible folk put off - easy to see why if that is so. View with suspicion anyone claiming they wish to serve - a tad unfair, most do want to serve - self serving mostly. skeptik
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