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Holyrood row settled cash-free


A LEGAL challenge from Sir Robert McAlpine over the award of the main contract on the Scottish Parliament building has been dropped.

The firm had been suing the legislature's ruling corporate body for £4.3 million in 'lost prof its' over claims that winner Bovis Lend Lease had been given preferential treatment.

An inquiry in 2003 heard that Bovis put in the most expensive construction management tender at £6.27 million and Sir Robert McAlpine the lowest at £4.85 million.

But just before Christmas, McAlpine met the Parliament's presiding officer, George Reid, and reached an agreement under which both sides will pay their own legal bills and no money will change hands.