Contractor for Oslo's New Opera House Threatens to Sue Government

Classic Arts News   Contractor for Oslo's New Opera House Threatens to Sue Government
The construction company who is building a new opera house on the Oslo waterfront has threatened to sue the Norwegian government for reimbursement of extra costs incurred due to delays and design changes.

The Oslo daily Aftenposten reported last week that general contractor Veidekke Entreprenêªr said it will sue Statsbygg, the government agency supervising the project, unless it covers cost overruns estimated between 50 million and 100 million Norwegian kroner (currently €6.3 million to €12.6 million). The entire project cost is projected to be approximately 4 billion kroner (€502 million).

The dispute is over already completed work on the building core, but the conflict is serious enough, according to the paper, that some documents related to the project have been removed from the public domain.

The national opera company, Den Norske Opera, is currently scheduled to move into the new facility during the winter of 2007-08, with a grand opening planned for April 2008.

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