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Euro-grant first for harbour project

BALLYCASTLE and Rathlin have won a grant of over 6.2 million towards harbour modernisation, the first European grant to be awarded in Northern Ireland.

The 8 million job will include the provision of new breakwaters, ferry ramps and dredging at both harbours. The work at Rathlin will link north- east Northern Ireland with Campletown in Kintyre, Scotland.

Plant site refurb

WILMOT Dixon is about to start a 12 million refurbishment of the 17.12 acre site of the former Bedford/AWD Truck Plant on 4 March.

The 30,912 sq m of warehouse space and office accommodation will provide Arenson, the office furniture manufacturer, with a new warehouse and head office.

The project, supported by English Partnerships investment of 850,000, will bring 500 jobs to the area.

Fairview purchase

Fairview has bought out Crest Homes interest in the 42 million Tooting Bec Hospital site at Tooting, south London.

Crest and Tesco have been trying to develop it jointly for a number of years but Fairview has agreed terms on around 8 ha with Crest and is proposing a 600-unit development.

The deal is conditional upon consent, but Fairview will shortly start demolition of the derelict hospital building.

A96 road scheme

THE Scottish Office is inviting firms to prequalify for the 23-28 million Blackburn and Kintore road scheme on the A96 in Grampian, Scotland.

The contract includes the design, construction and maintenance of 10.3 km of dual two-lane highway and several bridges.