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French bag Morocco embassy

CONTRACTSNORTH AFRICA

FRENCH giant Bouygues is to build a new £5 million British embassy in Morocco.

The firm has seen off competition from fellow French firm Vinci to get the Foreign Office's stamp of approval for its new outpost in Rabat.

Although Bouygues'branch in the North African country will handle the job, the bid was headed up by the firm's UK operation. Ian Gunter, the firm's UK finance director, said: 'I was personally very keen on this. It isn't a huge contract but it's one we're really pleased to have won.'

A British joint venture between Gibb and mechanical and electrical contractor Rotary also prequalified for the work but missed out.

Work is due to start before the end of the year.Mr Gunter added: 'As soon as the groundworks plans are done, we'll be on site.'

RTKL is the architect for the deal and English consultant Ridge is QS on the job.