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Carillion walks alone at Anfield

CARILLION is set to net a £70 million deal to build Liverpool Football Club's new stadium.

Industry insiders said that Laing - the sole remaining rival for the deal to replace the Premiership club's historic Anfield home - fell from contention this week. Carillion will now draw up designs and finalise a guaranteed maximum price for the 55,000-capacity stadium, due to open in time for the 2005-6 season.

The new ground, which will also be called Anfield, is just 300 m from Stanley Park, the club's home for 110 years. The club has yet to receive planning permission from Liverpool City Council.

Parts of the old stadium, including the Shankly and Paisley Gates, will be included in the design.

nThe firm has also taken a £70 million deal from the Highways Agency to upgrade the last non-motorway section of the M6 and M74 between Scotland and north-west England.

The scheme involves upgrading the A74 between Carlisle and Gretna on the Scottish borders. Carillion will spend two years developing designs for the project to widen 9 km of the A74 to dual three-lane motorway, including construction of a bridge over the West Coast Main Line. A single-track road will also be built for non-motorway traffic. Work is due to start on site in March 2005.