THE LIST of firms left chasing the first package of work on a £50 million regeneration scheme in Aston, Birmingham has been cut to three.
Birse, Christiani & Nielsen and Mowlem have made the play-offs for the contract to extend the Trinity Road stand at Villa Park, home to Aston Villa Football Club.
Alfred McAlpine, Ballast Wiltshier and Galliford missed out.
The package is part of a regeneration proposal expected to create 1,000 local jobs and including a shopping centre, 100-bed hotel, industrial park and traffic management programme.
A winner should be announced by the end of this month, with work planned to start in the New Year.
The £10.5 million design-and-build extension comprises replacing the stand's roof with a new one supported by a large, cantilevered truss. When complete, the stand's capacity will be 11,000.
The entire scheme is a joint venture between the club and retail developer Chartwell Land.
Most of the work on the 12-month contract will take place next summer.