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Massive regeneration put on hold by ODPM

CONTRACTS - CHESHIRE

A £100 MILLION urban regeneration scheme in Warrington is on hold after the proposal was called in by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.

Sir Robert McAlpine, Laing O'Rourke and HBG were pricing the Wireworks scheme for the Winwick Partnership, a joint venture between Manchester developer Modus and Liverpool rival Iliad.

Winwick wanted work to start this year but one insider suggested the scheme could be delayed for up to a year.

A Modus spokesman said:'It is a massive scheme, and it needs all the stakeholders to be happy with it.' Some sources suggest the client was considering a lump sum contract and this deterred some bidders, including Bovis Lend Lease. Balfour Beatty and Shepherd were also chasing Wireworks, which is designed by architects Falconer Chester.

Located in central Warrington, the project comprises 600 apartments plus leisure, commercial and retail units, a multiplex cinema, offices, a hotel and three levels of underground car parking.