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Laing pips Costain to the post

CONTRACTS

LAING O'Rourke has snatched a £17 million ProCure 21 health deal near Manchester from under the nose of Costain, more than a year after the contract was originally awarded.

Costain, part of the ACM consortium which also features Amec and Mowlem, was named preferred bidder to build a new £26 million cardiology and surgical unit at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport for Stockport Healthcare NHS Trust.

But ACM's bid bust the trust's budget, forcing it to scale back its plans so much the job had to be readvertised.

ACM made another bid for the deal but Laing O'Rourke pipped the team to bag the deal second time around.

A source at Laing O'Rourke said: 'The trust realised that the design had been changed considerably and that they were now dealing with a new model.

'The best team for the original scheme wasn't necessarily the best team after things had changed.'

Work is due to start on site later this month.