THREE firms are in line for a large PFI housing deal in the north-west.
Gleeson, Wates and Cruden are chasing the £65 million project to build care homes for the elderly in Cheshire.
The scheme involves building five care villages across the county as part of 2,000 extra care homes the council wants to build by 2010.
Last year, the council was given the green light for £100 million plans to improve its care facilities, which will include building a village for the elderly in Chester which will be put up at a later date.
All f ive care developments will consist of one and twobedroom apartments which will provide 24-hour support teams for the aged, along with up-to-date facilities including IT rooms, a fitness suite, restaurant and greenhouse.
The project will be spread out over five sites at Crewe, Middlewich, Handforth, Ellesmere Port and Winsford. A preferred bidder is due to be announced this summer.