Ryhurst takes legal action over London SEP cancellation

Ryhurst has launched legal action against a London trust over the decision to scrap its planned strategic estates partnership (SEP).

The firm is suing Whittington Health NHS Trust over the trust’s decision not to proceed with its SEP, arguing that the decision was taken because of Ryhurst’s links to parent company Rydon, which was responsible for the maintenance on the Grenfell Tower in London.

Ryhurst is seeking a court order requiring the trust to award it the contract, on the basis that it was not involved in any work on the Grenfell Tower.

Documents related to the court case show that the trust has argued it made the decision based on an improved financial position.

The company has taken similar action against the Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the Wirral Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust after they cancelled their joint SEP with Ryhurst at the end of last year, citing “uncertainties facing the market”.