MOWLEM is set to claim a £24 million deal for the third stage of the redevelopment of Edgware Community Hospital in north London.
The firm is understood to have seen off challenges from Bouygues and HBG for the twoyear deal from Barnet Primary Care NHS Trust.
The decision is a blow for French contractor Bouygues, which worked on the first two stages of the hospital.
Kier and Wates missed the cut while Norwest Holst declined to price the deal because the tender period was too short.
According to insiders, the client is keen to claw back time after underestimating the amount of design work needed on the scheme. This caused an eight-month delay in sending out bid documents.
The job involves 12,000 sq m of new building work and a further 5,000 sq m of refurbishment tasks.
n Mowlem is favourite to win a £15 million battle to refurbish one of the finest neo-classical buildings in the world.
The firm looks to have beaten Kier, HBG and Amec to revamp St George's Hall in Liverpool.
But the project is over budget and insiders say Mowlem must wait until the scheme's backers, National Heritage, Liverpool City Council and private benefactors, stump up more cash.