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Taywood bags £75m Tesco job

CONTRACTS LIVINGSTON

SUPERMARKET giant Tesco has lined up Taylor Woodrow to build a £75 million distribution centre in Scotland.

The retailer, which last year saw British shoppers spend nearly £33 billion at its stores, helping push profits up to £2.3 billion, is in final negotiations with the contractor to build the complex at Livingston.

Taywood has carried out a number of schemes for the blue-chip client and this latest deal is set to be one of its biggest for the supermarket.

The firm has seen off competition from local firm Barr plus pitches from Bowmer & Kirkland and Carillion.

Two other bidders, Kier and Laing O'Rourke, had previously dropped out.

A Kier source said: 'We looked at it but it was just too large for us.'

The warehouse and distribution centre will cover 93,000 sq m at the Deans Industrial Estate just off the M8 motorway, which links Glasgow with Edinburgh.

The retailer is closing two of its warehouses in Livingston and Dundee to consolidate all of its distribution from the Deans site.

Formerly occupied by Japanese electronics firm NEC, the facility closed down four years ago with the loss of 1,200 jobs.

The factory was finally torn down last year.

One source said: 'Tesco is a great client, they have their favourite contractors, which do a lot of work for them and most other firms don't get a look in.

'Barr in particular has a special relationship with them and a lot of people thought they might win this one.'

Construction work is set to start in August and Taywood is hoping to wrap up contract negotiations at the beginning of next month.