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Lend Lease wins school photo-finish

Lend Lease has won a £19.9m contract to build a school after narrowly beating two other firms on Aberdeenshire Council’s framework contract.

Its winning bid of £19,997,875 was fractionally cheaper than rival bids from Morrison and Robertson.

The project is to replace Mearns Academy with a school capable of accommodating 840 students. Work is due to start next month, for completion by June 2014.

A council report said a further factor in Lend Lease’s favour was that it proposed to exceed the council’s targets for delivery of local work and training opportunities by awarding 75per cent of the value of the contract to suppliers within a 30-mile radius of Laurencekirk.

The council also approved taking a £11.6m extension to Kemnay Academy to market.

It appointed Carillion Energy Services for both its north and south area response repairs and minor works contracts for some 800 council-owned buildings. These are worth £4m and £3.6m respectively and run for three years.

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