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Colliery site launches Carbon Challenge bid

Up to eight firms will be invited to bid for the latest site to come up for grabs under English Partnerships Carbon Challenge programme.

The North West Regional Development Agency has advertised for bidders to build a mixed use community with up to 650 homes on the 18 hectare site of the former Bickershaw Colliery in Leigh, Greater Manchester.

Under the Carbon Challenge, the winning developer will be expected to target level six of the Code for Sustainable Homes for houses built on the site while commercial buildings are hoped to achieve BREEAM Excellent rating.

Potential bidders must submit expressions of interest by 14 March with tenders sent out to short listed firms by 7 April.