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Oxfordshire Bryant set to bag shopping development

BRYANT is tipped to shrug off competition from Tarmac for a £21 million deal to redevelop a shopping centre at Banbury, Oxfordshire, for developer Raglan.

The two outfits submitted bids on October 15, along with Laing and Sir Robert McAlpine, and battled to the front of the queue.

Sources close to the scheme suggest Bryant is now favourite. But a decision on the successful contractor has been delayed because compulsory purchase orders need to be issued to extend the

existing shopping complex, at the Wharf and Castle on Castle Street.

Architect Lyons Sleeman & Hoare has secured detailed planning consent from Cherwell

District Council, but a source admitted: 'A contractor will not be appointed until the New Year.'

The scheme includes department stores, shops, a bus station and car parks.