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19May94 UK: FIVE SHORTLISTED FOR £60M OFFICE - SCOTTISH WIDOWS.

By Jim Kenny.Five management contractors have been interviewed at the preliminary shortlist stage for a £60 million-plus contract to build a new head office for Scottish Widows in Edinburgh.Amec, Bovis, GA Group, Laing and Wimpey are all understood to be in the reckoning for the headquarters building, which Scottish Widows estimates will soak up more than £100 million worth of investment by the time it is complete.But this is just the first stage of an interview process that is likely to reduce the number of contenders down to three before the preferred management contractors submit formal tenders.More information is likely to emerge in the next couple of weeks on which of the five will progress to the next stage.Among the other professional teams already appointed by the client is Turner and Townsend, working as cost consultant through its Glasgow office.The firm had worked closely with Scottish Widows on a £14 million computer centre and on refurbishment of the company's present headquarters building in Dalkeith Road.Glasgow architect BDP is working on the project, which will create around 85,000 sq m of office space at the Port Hamilton site, along with a small residential element.When it opens, the Scottish Widows office will accommodate around 2,000 staff with room for further expansion.Work on the Edinburgh HQ is expected to begin in the autumn and a completion date has been scheduled for late 1996.The 2.7 ha site near the Edinburgh International Conference Centre will be at the heart of the city's new financial district.The conference centre is a joint venture between public and private sector interests driven by Edinburgh City Council and Lothian and Edinburgh Enterprise with support from Lothian Regional Council. CONSTRUCTION NEWS

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