FOUR contractors have made the short list to bid for a £18 million sea defence project at Glasson Dock in Lancashire.
The Environment Agency has invited Harbour & General, Edmund Nuttall, Morrison and Carillion to tender for the deal.
The client was previously in talks with seven firms before deciding on the finalists. Birse, Tilbury Douglas and Manchester-based Byzak failed to make the cut.
Tender documents are due out any day and a preferred bidder will be named by July.
Work will start soon after. There are staged completion dates for the scheme spread between 2002 and 2005.
The project includes construction and repair of fluvial flood defences, sheet piled reinforced concrete walls, road diversions and land-scaping.