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Developer makes room for £75m hotel rivals

CONTRACTS GLASGOW

A £75 MILLION contract to build a hotel in Glasgow, believed to be heading Sir Robert McAlpine's way, looks set to be opened up to other bidders.

Developer Elphinstone has been in talks with the firm since the beginning of the year for its Trinity Towers project at India Street. As well as the 340-bedroom hotel, the project will include 17,000 sq m of top grade offices and around 80 luxury apartments.

The project will be spread over three separate towers, the tallest of which is 28 storeys. The scheme has been designed by local architect Cooper Cromar.

But Balfour Beatty, Carillion and Laing O'Rourke are all understood to be waiting in the wings for the deal. One said: 'We all expected it to be Sir Robert McAlpine's job but we hear there is a tender coming out in November.'

One source said: 'McAlpine had been working closely with Elphinstone on the project this year. They did a cost plan to give the developer a better idea of the value of any contract and there was even talk of them becoming partners.

'But I think Elphinstone decided they wanted to open it up to more bidders so it looks like it will go out to the market.'

Carillion has already bagged the management contract for the demolition of the Strathclyde Regional Council headquarters that currently occupies the site.

It saw off rival bids from Balfour Beatty and Sir Robert McAlpine for the package.

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