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Three teams bid for £50m Orkney school job

Three teams are bidding for a £50 million school job in Scotland - solo bidder Miller Construction, aGalliford Try/Morrison Construction joint venture and Alba Schools, consisting of McLaughlin & Harvey in tandem with Barr.

The £50 million school investment programme has been announced to improve education facilities on Orkney in Scotland.

The Orkney Islands Council’s scheme will include the Papdale Halls of Residence, Stomness Primary School, Kirkwall Grammar School and a new swimming pool at the Pickaquoy Centre.

Th three rival bidders are now due to collect the tender paperwork.

It is hoped a preferred bidder will be appointed by summer 2010 after which the contract will be formally signed in the autumn. Work will begin on the project shortly afterwards and completion is planned for 2012.

The Papdale Halls of Residence will include en suite facilities and will be situated next to the Kirkwall Grammar School.

The Stromness Primary School will remain at its existing location but a new build project will commence.

The Kirkwall School is currently experiencing problems with its roofs, windows and heating and its buildings have been described as “relatively poor quality.”

A new building will be constructed at the current site which will include a new arts theatre but a number of sports buildings are expected to be demolished before work starts.

The Pickaquoy Centre will boast a new 25m, six-lane swimming pool and squash courts.