AMEC IS emerging as favourite for the management contractor's role on the first phase of a £100 million scheme to redevelop Edinburgh's Scottish Supreme Courts.
The firm is believed to have edged ahead of rivals Sir Robert McAlpine and HBG to manage the £15 million opening phase of the project for client Scottish Courts Administration.
A formal announcement is due later this week.
This phase features the renovation of the Parliament Square building's Exchequer Wing - a three-year job scheduled to begin in May 2001.
Work on the 30,000 sq m scheme will take 12 years to complete and be split into five stages.
Phase 3 will be the largest individual building package, costing £25 million. It comprises construction of four new courts.