On February 11, NML
director Dr David Fleming hosted a fund-raising dinner at the waterfront building to celebrate the handover of the building from contractors.
The original architects, Danish firm 3XN, was sacked from the project in 2007 and later revealed it was taking legal advice about whether it could sue NML
for using its designs, as the finished museum stuck largely to its controversial X-shaped blueprint.
He said NML
was braced for bad news, but that he would not allow budget cuts to stop the institution from running the best museums in the country.
Now, following a meeting with museums director Dr David Fleming last month, Mr Nielsen and NML
have agreed to bury the hatchet.
had been embroiled in legal battles with both sets of architects that were involved in work on its flagship museum.
has in its collections fixtures and fittings from a variety of vessels, many of which are on display at the Merseyside Maritime Museum.
The allegations by NML
centre around a series of faults and unauthorised design changes, in particular to the steps and terraces on the outside of the building, which the board of trustees said were "defective and dangerous.
Last year, 3XN's principal architect, Kim Nielsen, said his firm was considering legal action against NML
after the falling-out.
, which, over the past year, has lost 34 jobs through voluntary severance and early retirement, finds itself in an impossible - and utterly frustrating - position.
But Hill Dickinson built into the contract a pledge by Ener-g to save pounds 500,000-worth of energy and operational costs compared to what it would have cost NML
, had it not out-sourced the work.