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Rivals fight hard for Limehouse scheme


A HAT TRICK of firms are giving it their all to land a £19 million residential deal at London's Limehouse Basin.

Laing O'Rourke, Wates and London firm Ardmore are all chasing the job to build 102 apartments in the Docklands area of the capital.

All three will face interviews from the client, house builder Bellway, over the next fortnight before a winner is chosen for the three-block scheme. The residential and commercial project includes 1,200 sq m of retail space as well as a car park.

The work is part of the much larger Urban Quarter scheme, totalling some 1,377 mixed tenure homes on the Greenwich Peninsula.

The vast brownfield development already includes phase one of the project - called Limehouse West - a Wates-built project consisting of 262 apartments.The three teams are bidding the fifth and final stage of the development.

One project source said: 'Wates has already done work there for Bellway and so are bound to be fancying their chances for the job. But Laing O'Rourke can never be counted out of anything.'

Bellway has not said when a preferred contractor will be appointed.