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Fourteen firms are taking part in a prequalification exercise for the £30 million design and build Abbey Mills pumping station project in east London.The line-up is: Norwest Holst, Biwater, Gleeson, Amec, Balfour Beatty, Kier, Alfred McAlpine, Miller, Mowlem, Tarmac, Tilbury Douglas, Trafalgar House, Wimpey and Taylor Woodrow.Client Thames Water will invite four firms only from this list to tender for the scheme because of the expense of working up design and build bids.Civil engineering will account for 60 per cent of the project, 35 per cent will be mechanical and electrical, with a 5 per cent building element. Documents for the 30-month scheme are due to be sent out in September, with the contract likely to be awarded around March/April 1995. Maximum capacity of the new station will be 32 cu m/sec with a static lift of around 14 m. CONSTRUCTION NEWS