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Carillion takes £70m prize

Carillion has taken a £70 million deal to build a major new mixed-use development in Liverpool.

The firm, which is currently putting the finishing touches to local developer Beetham’s 40-storey West Tower project in the city, is being lined up for the construction package on Central Village.

The scheme is a shopping, apartment and leisure project which is being planned for behind the city’s Central Station. Joint client on the job is north-west developer Merepark and Irish property group Ballymore.

The total cost of developing the scheme, which has been designed by Australian architect Woods Bagot, is £160 million and will include two towers of 25 and 20 storeys each, as well as two separate nine-storey blocks and a five-storey building.

The taller of the two larger towers will be home to 440 apartments.

The 60,000 sq m development will create 400 new construction jobs over the four-year construction period.

It is expected the job will be broken down into two parts with the two towers and a luxury four-star hotel being built in the first phase, while further residential, leisure and retail units will follow later. It is expected that work will start on site by early 2008. Carillion will then have 30 months to complete the project.

The deal is another feather in the cap for Carillion which is behind a string of tall towers that have sprung up or are set to spring up across the major cities of northern England. It built the 169 m high Beetham Tower in Manchester and is about to start work in earnest next month on the 171 m high Lumiere Tower in Leeds for developer KW Linfoot.

The firm has also long been tipped to take the construction contract for Manchester’s Piccadilly Tower scheme. The £220 million, 58-storey tower is being developed by Inacity, but both Merepark and Ballymore are also involved in the project. Work is expected to start in early 2008.