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Corus of approval as McAlpine wins £17m offices

Contracts : SOUTH YORKSHIRE

SIR ROBERT McAlpine has taken a £17 million deal to build new offices and laboratories for steel giant Corus in South Yorkshire.

The firm overcame opposition from Laing, HBG and Amec to become preferred contractor at the scheme in Catcliffe near Rotherham. Construction work on the project should begin in November subject to planning permission from Rotherham Borough Council.

Sir Robert McAlpine has still to finalise negotiations with client Corus Engineering over financing and the works schedule.

When opened in March 2003, the centre will be the first building at the new Advanced Technology Park.

Regional development agency Yorkshire Forward acquired the 40 ha site for the new park from UK Coal.The 17,000 sq m development will include offices, laboratories, workshops and a subterranean gas store.

The contract also includes landscaping, enabling works and piled foundations. Architect on the scheme is Faulkner Brown. Gleeds is the project quantity surveyor.