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HQ win for Sir Robert

CONTRACTS

SIR ROBERT McAlpine has dug up a £25 million deal to build a new headquarters building for Scotland's agricultural agency.

The firm is believed to be close to being appointed preferred bidder by the Scottish Executive for the work in Edinburgh, having ploughed ahead of remaining rival Balfour Beatty.

The headquarters for the Scottish Agricultural Science Agency will be built at Gogarbank Farm on the outskirts of the Scottish capital to replace existing facilities at East Craigs.

Bids from HBG and Laing O'Rourke were weeded out earlier in the process.

The development will include laboratory and office space and features large glasshouses to help SASA monitor food quality.

Sir Robert McAlpine begins on site later this summer.