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Four 'rms swotting up to pass college job exam

CONTRACTS - SCOTLAND

FOUR firms are pricing a £22 million deal to build a college in Glasgow.

Barr, HBG, Mowlem and Sir Robert McAlpine have all lined up for the contract to build a campus for the 40-year-old North Glasgow College.

Balfour Beatty was rumoured to be on the list but a source said it was concentrating on the nearby South Lanarkshire College.

One of the bidders said: 'We did the opposite of Balfour Beatty and decided to concentrate on this one instead.

'Sir Robert McAlpine went for both as they generally just price everything. We're just more selective.' The college said it had received bids from four firms but declined to add any more until the contractor is chosen.

The facility in the Springburn area of the city has been designed by architect RMJM.

It will feature 16,500 sq m of accommodation including conference facilities and a sports hall.

There will also be extensive landscape redesign to create new links to the surrounding area and Springburn railway station.

The quartet have already met with college officials and will have until February 17 to get their bids up to scratch.

The college then hopes to get work started by the end of March but that could slip back to the beginning of April if the contest is close run.

The project is slated for completion in December 2007.