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15Oct92 UK: TRAFALGAR ON TARGET TO CLINCH EDINBURGH.

Trafalgar House is almost certain to bag construction work for the £7.5 million redevelopment of major buildings in Edinburgh which were damaged by fire last year.The company's development arm, which owns most of the buildings, now has detailed planning consent from Edinburgh District Council to replace them.It is understood that the main contract is unlikely to be put out for competitive tender.Work on the scheme in Castle Street and Prices Street is expected to start next spring and is scheduled to take around 15 months.The project comprises a six-storey building on Princes Street and a much smaller three-storey structure linked to the original buildings in Castle Street.The larger building will include about 1,500 sq m given over to five shops occupying the basement and ground floor, with the six upper storeys given over to offices.Five shopowners own the freehold on parts of the buildings within the redevelopment area, but agreement between them and Trafalgar House is expected to be reached soon and should not delay the project.YRM is the scheme's architect, working with the Michael Laird Partnership. Blyth and Blyth Associates is consulting engineer.