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Historic opportunity creates flurry of interest

CONTRACTS WEST YORKSHIRE

A £15 MILLION mixeduse scheme in Wakefield has attracted seven firms.

Northern contractors Clugston, Quarmby and Caddick are all pricing a £10 million deal on the waterfront to build two office blocks and a residential complex known as buildings 18, 19 and 20. Bluestone is also eyeing the work.

Caddick and Quarmby have been joined by Birmingham firm William Sapcote plus York contractor William Anelay to bid for a second contract, wor th £5 million, to transform the Grade II listed Calder and Hebble Navigation Warehouse into offices. Wates is poised to make a bid as well.

The new buildings will feature shops, bars and restaurants, while the warehouse has a dry dock that will be opened up to provide retail space.

The 18th century building was previously owned by British Waterways. It has been empty for 30 years, and is on the English Heritage Fund's Buildings at Risk register.

Work for the joint developer, Manchester property firm CTP and Leeds company St James Securities, is expected to start in September with completion by 2010.