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17Sep92 GERMANY: 40 BRITISH FIRMS LODGE PROPOSALS WITH BERLIN BRANDENBERG FLUGHAFEN TO REDEVELOP SCHOENEFELD AIRPORT.

About 40 British contractors, consultants and suppliers have lodged proposals with Berlin Brandenberg Flughafen to redevelop Schoenefeld airport on the southern outskirts of Berlin, Germany.The companies are thought to include Costain, Balfour Beatty, Amec, Bovis, Laing, Howard Humphreys, Ove Arup, Sir Frederick Snow and Sir Alexander Gibb.The total reconstruction package is worth DM 2,400 million (£850 million), although five groups of consultants are fine-tuning an initial masterplan done by Aeroports de Paris to reduce the cost.According to John Kramer, a director of Goldman Sachs International and one of three consultants which have formed Berlin Brandenberg Airport Advisors (BBA), about half of the 250 firms which submitted proposals by the August 22 deadline were German or the local subsidiaries of international firms.'Of the rest about 40 were from Britain,' he said.He added that although firms were asked to submit basic technical and financial references, together with information about what they would like to do on the airport, all had offered quite in-depth plans.'It is those the Berlin airport company is about to evaluate with assistance from us,' he said.'It should take about six weeks to do, so by mid-October we should have a clearer idea about what is going to happen,' Mr Kramer added.