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Steel contractor wants to see Olympic plans before bidding


THE BOSS of the country's only Stock Exchange-listed steelwork contractor wants to see drawings of the Olympic Games stadium before deciding whether to bid for the job.

Severfield-Rowen is widely expected to link up with the Sir Robert McAlpine group pitching for the contract, reuniting the team that built the new home of Arsenal FC.

McAlpine has already approached the company about working on the job but John Severs, the steel firm's managing director, said: 'We want to see some drawings first because we don't want another Wembley on our hands.

'We need a general idea of what it's going to look like. If the client gets its act together I don't think there will be a problem.'

The firm is also looking at two other stadia schemes - the deal to build a new home for Liverpool FC and across the Irish Sea at the Lansdowne Road football and rugby ground in Dublin.

The firm produced another set of sparkling results with pre-tax profit ballooning by 61 per cent to £11.8 million in the six months to June.

Turnover went up 17 per cent to £130.7 million.

Mr Severs said the firm had £1 billion-worth of enquiries from overseas including interest from the USA, the Middle East and Nigeria.