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Contractors gear up for new system

LEADING contractors are preparing to go after the jobs on offer through prime contracting.

Last week Kvaerner announced that it had teamed up with project managers Symonds to bid for prime contracting jobs.

Andy Sturgess, the boss of Kvaerner's construction company, said it and Symonds strengths would complement each other: 'We want to create a consortium that includes all the key skills.'

And Kier has set up Kier Defence, which will be the contractor's single point of contact with Defence Estates and the MoD.

The managing director of Kier Build, Roger Sallis, said: 'As a group we don't intend to lose our market share which is why we've formed Kier Defence. Either we conform to the new regime or we lose market share.'

Other contractors known to be readying themselves to bid for prime contracting work include Mansell, Tarmac and Christiani & Nielsen.