Posted by: swinemoor | April 6, 2010

Interserve Fined £11,634,750

One of the questions arising from the granting of Outline Planning Permission for the Swinemoor site to the PCT on 17th September 2009 is what was the rush? After all, the Report to the Planning Committee by the Director of Planning and Economic Regeneration recommended the application be Deferred. However, this was changed to Accept at the last minute. Why was this?

One possible explanation was the impending announcement by the Office of Fair Trading, on the 22nd September 2009, that Interserve were to be fined for  being (along with other firms) engaged in illegal anti-competitive bid-rigging activities…..

The PCT knew full well, prior to their appointment of Interserve as preferred developer, that the OFT had accused Interserve of bid rigging activities in April 2008. However, in spite of this, they still appointed this firm as their preferred developer – a firm that had been accused (along with others) of  infringements affect..[ing] building projects across England worth in excess of £200 million including schools, universities hospitals, and numerous private projects from the construction of apartment blocks to housing refurbishments.

Interserve were fined £11,634.750 for their role in ‘Cover Pricing’.

I wonder if the Councillors who voted in favour of granting Outline Planning Permission to the PCT were aware of the fine about to be levied on Interserve?



  1. […] East Riding of Yorkshire Primary Healthcare Trust (PCT) confirm Interserve  as the preferred developer for the new Beverley Community […]

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