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Mareel sub-contractors walk off job

| Written by Pete Bevington

SHETLAND building contractors DITT are taking steps to minimise any delays erecting the £12 million Mareel cinema and music venue after roofing contractors walked off the job this week.

Glasgow firm TM Devon, who employed around four men to roof and clad the high tech building, called in the administrators on Wednesday.

DITT finance director Peter Tait said they had not been officially informed about the state of the sub contractor, but were already taking steps to resolve any problems it may cause.

“It’s our responsibility to ensure that any delays are minimised and any delays caused specifically by this subcontractor going under are our responsibility,” Mr Tait said.

He said TM Devon had completed 85 to 90 per cent of the work they were contracted to carry out.

Earlier this year DITT announced that transport delays caused by poor winter weather had pushed back the opening date until the autumn of this year.