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Taylor Woodrow rolls into factory conversion work

CONTRACTS WEST MIDLAND

TAYLOR Woodrow looks to have taken pole position on a £35 million scheme to turn a former Birmingham tyre factory into flats and offices.

Developer Urban Splash is expected to make an announcement any day now on the winner of its plan to overhaul the landmark Fort Dunlop tyre factory.

The job involves converting the factory into offices, retail space and 72 apartments.

Balfour Beatty, HBG, Miller, Sir Robert McAlpine and Laing O'Rourke are understood to have had an interest in the work since it was first tendered in April.

The scheme had to be rebid when Urban Catalyst took sole control of the scheme after joint developer Mailbox pulled out in the spring. Following the retender the developer is understood to be in talks with a single contractor.

One disappointed bidder said:

'When the job was first tendered it wasn't too attractive because the clients were demanding sectional completion in phases, which is hard to achieve. This time around it was a more traditional package so most firms will have lodged a bid.

'We've been told that we haven't been successful and it looks like Taylor Woodrow is the only firm Urban Catalyst is still talking to.'

Work is expected to start on site as soon as contract negotiations have been completed and will take around 18 months to finish.

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