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HBG wins the race for £60m Hadid museum

CONTRACTS SCOTLAND

COUNCIL chiefs have given the all-clear to HBG being appointed to the first stage of a planned £60 million transport museum in Glasgow.

The firm was the only one of four which bothered to submit a bid for the scheme to build the museum where the river Clyde meets the river Kelvin.

Balfour Beatty withdrew because of workload issues while both Sir Robert McAlpine and Bovis Lend Lease pulled out earlier this summer because of concerns over costs. One source said at the time: 'It's not an easy thing to price. The question is: do we need the hassle?'

The building has been designed by Zaha Hadid but contractors were worried that the building, which on paper resembles a squiggle, would be too tricky to build.

A council spokesman said HBG would spend the next few weeks assessing costs.

Work on site, which was due to start in June, is now planned to start early next year for a finish in September 2008.

The museum will open the doors to its first visitors the following summer.