Wembley developer Multiplex drafts in Yelland

Wembley Stadium project leader Multiplex has called in former Sun editor David Yelland as its official spokesman.

Multiplex, an Australian developer, has also taken on the Weber Shandwick UK & Ireland senior vice-chairman to handle all of its UK corporate PR, dropping QBO Bell Pottinger, its agency of two years.

As PRWeek went to press, an independent adjudicator ordered Multiplex to pay costs of £430,000 in its dispute with Cleveland Bridge, which supplied the steel arch centrepiece of the new Wembley Stadium. Cleveland downed tools at the site in August over the dispute.

Cleveland, which is advised by The Policy Partnership, is claiming £14m, which it hopes to secure in two further adjudications.

Multiplex has meanwhile formed a consortium with property tycoons Reuben Brothers and The Westfield Group to bid for Duelguide, owner of former London-listed property company Chelsfield. The consortium is offering £585m for Duelguide. Chelsfield is advised by QBO’s sister company Bell Pottinger Corporate & Financial.

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