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Five bid for Edinburgh SoCo scheme

Big names line up for hotel and retail project in fire damaged city centre.

Whiteburn Projects has invited five major contractors to tender for its SoCo scheme in the centre of Edinburgh.

Interserve, Kier, McAleer and Rushe, Miller Construction and Morgan Sindall are vying for the job, Construction News understands.

The job is understood to be worth £15-20 million.

Whiteburn’s scheme will finally transform Edinburgh’s old town nearly ten years after a fire swept through the tenements from South Bridge to the Cowgate in late 2002.

The area was previously in eight separate ownerships but Whiteburn negotiated a deal to wrap the site into a single holding in 2006.

Plans including a six storey building comprising hotel, bar, restaurant, cafe, retail, commercial and nightclub uses were approved by Endinburgh City Council in 2009.

A contract award is expected in the Spring ahead of a planned start on site in May.

The associated works includes associated car parking, infrastructure, access roads, enabling and landscaping.

Sweett Group is acting as project manager.

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