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Connaught secures Norwich housing deal following Morrison injunction

6 Apr 10 Connaught has announced that it will start work on a housing repairs and maintenance contract for Norwich City Council on 8 April – after a delay caused due to an injunction taken out by incumbent contractor Morrison.

Connaught has announced that it will start work on a housing repairs and maintenance contract for Norwich City Council on 8 April – after a delay caused due to an injunction taken out by incumbent contractor Morrison.

Connaught announced in December that it had won a £125m five year integrated services contract with Norwich County Council.

But the award of the permanent contract was delayed as a result of a high court injunction brought by Morrison, whose CityCare outfit held the contract previously.

Mr Justice Arnold said that Morrison had a "seriously arguable" case that Connaught's bid was "abnormally low" and that the council had not properly evaluated it.

However, a settlement has now been reached between Norwich and Morrison.

A spokeswoman for Norwich City Council said: “We’re pleased we’ve been able to resolve our differences with Morrison in connection with the demobilisation of CityCare services.”

A Connaught statement said: “We have been informed that a settlement has been reached. We began work as planned on 1 April under a short-term contract and the permanent contract is due to start on 8 April.”

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