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South Yorkshire

Contracts

FOUR firms are in the queue todesign and build a £20 million-plus warehouse complex in South Yorkshire.

The project, for Swedish retail giant Ikea, has attracted Sunley Turriff, Birse, Shepherd and Ballast Wiltshier.

Sources close to the Doncaster scheme say all four bidders have been in talks with Ikea and that the list is likely to be pared down to two next week for the finalrun-in.

An insider said: 'Ikea is a tough client. They never negotiate, so everything will be very competitive.'

The stakes are high, because the winning contractor is likely to have a crack at pricing a similar warehouse project planned by Ikea at the same site.

The first job at West Moor Park includes a 65,000 sq m distribution warehouse, offices, stores, and hardstanding.

Work is expected to get under way in early June, with completion due inside a year.