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Bovis tipped for £90m Scottish retail scheme

CONTRACTS - LIVINGSTON

BOVIS Lend Lease is favourite to land a £90 million retail scheme in the heart of Scotland's central belt.

The firm looks to have beaten off rival Sir Robert McAlpine for the deal in Livingston.

Client Land Securities is due to make an award any day now after a final round of interviews were wrapped up at the end of last month.

A source said: 'One of their top men came up from London for the interview so it's obviously a big thing for them.' Bovis picked up a huge £300 million deal to build the St David's 2 shopping centre in Cardiff for Land Securities recently and the source added: 'Since then it's always looked like they'd get this.' The work at the Almondvale shopping centre, in the middle of the town, will involve extending the centre by building over a car park and adding a series of multi-storey car parks.

As well as the extra shops, the revamped complex will include an indoor winter garden, homes and an 84-bed hotel. A bingo hall and bowling alley have also been pencilled in.

Work will start later this summer and finish in winter 2008.