Council says it won’t try to recover Corby Cube overspend

Corby Cube
Corby Cube

Council bosses have said they won’t try to recover the costs which overran when building the Corby Cube.

The Cube opened its doors to the public in November 2010 and is home to a 445-seat theatre and arts space, library and registrar.

It also houses the council chambers and one stop shop staffed by trained customer service advisors.

But while the building in Corby town centre has been well used since opening and won plaudits for its design, it has been widely reported that the cost of developing Corby Cube gave rise to a significant cost overrun.

As a result, Corby Council established a cross-party member working group to undertake a review of the circumstances giving rise to the cost overrun.

A spokesman for Corby Council said: “Both legal and construction expert advisors were consulted as part of the review undertaken.

“Multiple reasons were identified as factors contributing to the cost overrun.

“However, following a detailed forensic review, the expert advice received was that, whilst there were failings on the part of a number of parties engaged in the development process, there was insufficient evidence to show that the conduct of those parties was the sole cause of the cost overrun.

“On this basis, the working group has reached a decision that there is little or no merit in looking to pursue any claims against the parties involved in the development of Corby Cube.

“This decision was ratified by the One Corby Policy committee in January 2017.”