Boss of Jersey firm defends Perelle sea wall appointment
Saturday 20th July 2013, 1:00PM BST.
COMPETITION is healthy, the Jersey-based firm controversially selected to repair the Perelle sea wall has said.
Brenwal Ltd owner Pat Walker defended the civil engineering contractor’s appointment for the project, which it has now completed three weeks ahead of schedule.
Guernsey building firms were outraged that the £500,000 contract was awarded to an off-island company – especially after it emerged that local firm Geomarine had offered to do the work for £55,000 less.
But Mr Walker said he would have expected local companies to be ‘significantly’ cheaper as they did not have the added expense of moving employees and equipment to the island.