Police HQ builder fires back at co-defendant in City of Winnipeg lawsuit
Caspian claims if city suffered losses in police HQ project, it was due to consultant's negligence
The contractor that built the downtown Winnipeg police headquarters says if the City of Winnipeg suffered losses on the $214-million construction project, it was in part because of the consultant's negligence.
Caspian Projects Inc. made the allegations on Aug. 1 in a Manitoba Court of Queen's Bench cross-claim against Adjeleian Allen Rubeli Ltd. (AAR) — its co-defendant in a City of Winnipeg civil suit.
In May the city sued Caspian and AAR for damages resulting from their work on the police headquarters. In court documents, the city claimed more than 40 deficiencies were discovered in the building after officers moved into it two years ago.
It alleged the problems included a lack of adequate fire protection, improper drainage and a deteriorating structural slab the city alleged wasn't addressed during the three-year construction project.
Both Caspian and AAR have denied any wrongdoing.
Two weeks ago, AAR filed its statement of defence and cross-claim against Caspian, asking the courts to hold Caspian responsible in the event a judge rules in the city's favour.
In response, Caspian is seeking compensation for damages and court costs from AAR.