Remember this 'iconic' project that was abandoned in February 2006 when costs spiralled out of control? The crazy idea of building it on the exposed sea side of Margate Harbour wall was abandoned not when costs rose from £7million to £30 million but when costs rose from £30 million to £50 million. Almost £7 milion of taxpayers money was wasted up to that point and an old breakdown of costs is shown below:
1. £2,520,795 on principle architect's fees, including the cost of the ill-fated test obelisk.
2. £1,153,132 on staff.
3. £780,073 on promotion, entertainment and a change of identity.
4. £609,013 on project managers and quantity surveyors.
5. £466,232 on town planners and technical consultants.
6. £299,155 on miscellaneous professional services.
7. £249,746 on premises and office costs.
8. £170,007 on other costs.
9. £103,403 on secondary architect's fees.
10. £33,782 on travel.
No -one said " O'oops , sorry"; no one resigned. All that happened was that all concerned got on making another set of 'The Emperors New Clothes' to be another 'iconic' building that would only cost £15 million which soon grew to £17.5 million.
So that KCC could say the original shambles wasn't 'our fault' they instructed solicitors to go in pursuit of some of the original contractors for compensation and this ongoing legal battle has so far gobbled up £300,000.
KCC and all those involved in the original scandalous waste of taxpayers money should stop throwing good money after bad and stop this legal battle. You all got it wrong; just admit it and stop this ridiculous and costly smoke screen of 'legal action' to salve your inflated egos.