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Minister woos French MoDEL

CONTRACTS

A FRENCH firm has been chosen for a £150 million contract to redevelop Ministry of Defence sites across London.

A team comprising Vinci, which is listed on the Paris stock exchange, and developer St Modwen is the preferred bidder for the MoDEL project.

Defence minister Don Touhig said the firm would build new living and working accommodat ion at RAF Nor tholt in west London.

Seven firms had been shortlisted for the deal but Amec, Capita Symonds, Kier, LS Trillium, RWE Thames Water and Skanska all failed to make the grade.

The project is being run by Defence Estates, working with English Partnerships and various local authorities. Financial close is due in July 2006. Other London sites, including parts of RAF Uxbridge and RAF Bentley Priory, will be made redundant when services are moved to Northolt, and will be sold off.