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Sir Robert flies flag for 2012 bid

SIR ROBERT McAlpine looks to be the only British contractor in the mix for the deal to build London's showpiece Olympic stadium.

The Olympic Delivery Authority's deadline for contenders to express interest in the £280 million scheme passed on Monday with a raft of domestic companies ruling themselves out of the running.

Sir Robert - which has drawn praise from Olympic chiefs over its completion of the new Arsenal stadium in north London - has teamed up with HOK for the bid.

The ODA plans to shortlist the bidders for the stadium by the end of September.

Hochtief and Vinci decided to pull out of the bidding at the last minute.

An ODA spokeswoman said: 'We have had a positive response and are currently evaluating expressions of interest from integrated design and construct team consortia which include a mix of British and international companies.'