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Carillion set for media centre

Carillion has been recommended to the Olympic Delivery Authority board to build the £200 million media centre for the 2012 Games.

The contractor, which recently paid £561 million for Alfred McAlpine, has priced the work along with partners, funder Igloo, the specialist regeneration arm of Morley Fund Management, and architect Allies and Morrison.

The ODA board led by chief executive David Higgins is due to confirm the appointment in the next few weeks. French contractor Bouygues, bidding with Development Securities, has missed out.

Construction News first reported in November that Carillion, set to announce its 2007 results this Wednesday, was tipped to land the prize which is one of the ‘Big Four’ permanent venues, along with the main stadium, the aquatics centre and the velodrome.

An ODA spokesman said: “We expect to make an announcement on the contract in the coming weeks.”

The media centre will accommodate 20,000 broadcasters, journalists and photographers during the Games. The east London complex will then be converted into 130,000 sq m of commercial premises as part of the Games’ legacy commitment.

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