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Eiffel enters chase for delayed bridge


THE COMPANY which built the world's highest road bridge has said it is interested in building a stalled pedestrian bridge in Glasgow.

The Richard Rogers design for the £40 million structure was pulled earlier this month after the two firms bidding blew the city council's budget.

Now the UK arm of Eiffel, the company behind the Millau Viaduct in the Midi Pyrenees region, is looking into putting up the redesigned structure.

The council has imposed a £33 million ceiling on costs.

Eiffel director Glenn Mawdesley said: 'We have worked with many French engineering design companies on largescale projects and would look to team up with them for this.' Eiffel faces competition from Balfour Beatty, one of the two firms which submitted a bid. A Balfour source said: 'It is almost like starting from scratch and is something that we would look at further down the line.' Sir Robert McAlpine is not expected to bid the scheme again. In January Balfour Beatty and Sir Robert McAlpine made bids of £49.9 million and £59.8 million respectively.