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Bridge bids blow hole in budget

CONTRACTS - GLASGOW

BIDS for a £40 million footbridge across the Clyde River in Scotland have blown the budget by as much as £20 million, leaving its future in jeopardy.

The five firms pricing the job were whittled down to two when Morgan Est, Morrison, and Farrans pulled out of the Glasgow City Council job.

Now the council looks set to restart the tender process with the two remaining bidders ? Balfour Beatty and Sir Robert McAlpine ? who came in with bids of £49.9 million and £59.8 million respectively.

One bidder said: 'We do not know officially what the outcome will be. We still need to have meetings with the council but it's looking like the only options are to work with the lowest bidder, Balfour Beatty, or start from scratch and cap costs.' The council was due to hold a meeting on the future of the Richard Rogers-designed bridge as Construction News went to press.