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Shepherd takes 27storey tower


SHEPHERD is continuing its quest to turn Leeds into a fortress for the company by bagging a £36 million deal to build a tower in the city centre.

The contractor, whose head office is 12 miles to the east along the A64 in York, has beaten Barr and Tolent in the race to bag the 27-storey Mayfair Tower.Sterling Capitol is funding the scheme, which will be at the western end of the city.

The tower will comprise 269 apartments on the upper floors, offices on the first three floors and retail units on the ground.

Shepherd has won a range of jobs in Leeds.The firm is currently working on a £38 million mixed-use project and an £11 million office scheme. It is also due to hear this month whether its bid for an £18 million dance centre has been successful.

Last year it completed work on a £22 million residential block and an £8 million university project in the city.

A Mayfair Tower project source said: 'Shepherd has had its bills called and, although it is not set in concrete, the contract should be awarded very soon.'

The tower, designed by architect Carey Jones, will be Leeds'second tallest building.

Bovis Lend Lease is currently constructing the city's tallest tower, the 31-storey Bridgewater Place near the railway station, which is due to be finished next year.

The city is also expecting the arrival of a 41-storey tower called Criterion Place, which is being developed by Simons and is in pre-planning.

Totty had been due to build the Mayfair scheme back in 2003 but pulled out as the job expanded.A Totty spokesman said:

'The scope of the work changed considerably so we decided not to get involved.'

The job has been on the blocks for so long that Ballast, which went bust in October 2003, was one of the original bidders.

Work is due to start later this year for completion in 2008.