NEW contractors have had to be found after builders responsible for the construction of a new coffee shop went into administration.
Work has been delayed on the new Costa Coffee shop planned for Peterlee’s Castle Dene Shopping Centre – but new contractors are being appointed to finish off the scheme and it is hoped the shop will be open later in the summer.
The 1,700sq-ft pod is being built in the main market square of the centre and will create six new jobs.
It was due to open in mid-June, but concerned residents contacted the Mail after hearing rumours that builders had packed up and abandoned the project.
A concerned resident, who did not want to be identified, said: “The actual building itself is only approximately 20 per cent complete, only foundations and metal structure/framework is done with a small attempt to begin the brick/breeze block framework.”
A spokesman for Salford Estates, which owns the centre, confirmed that the building firm has gone into administration.
The spokesman said: “New building contractors are being identified to finish the construction of the new Costa Coffee unit and work will recommence in the coming weeks.
“We are delighted to be welcoming Costa Coffee to the centre and look forward to them opening, as expected, in the summer of 2013.”
The Salford Estates spokesman said: “The site is safe and secure and working practices accord with current building regulations.”
A spokeswoman for Costa Coffee said: “The unit is being built by contractors appointed by the owners of the Castle Dene Shopping Centre, who informed us two weeks ago that the contractor employed to build it had gone into administration.
“The centre management are in the process of employing new contractors.
“It will delay the opening by around six weeks until mid-August.
“We will soon be recruiting for six jobs at the new unit.”
Shopping centre manager Barry Parnell previously said there were hopes the new facility will boost the centre.