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Three eye museum and gallery

CONTRACTS - WEST MIDLANDS

THREE firms are battling for two cultural landmarks in the West Midlands worth almost £20 million.

Galliford Try, Sir Robert McAlpine and Laing O'Rourke have all been shortlisted for a £9 million extension to the museum at RAF Cosford in Shropshire and a £10 million extension to the Herbert Art Gallery in Coventry.

Willmott Dixon and John Sisk have also been linked to the deals but a source at a rival bidder said the pair had declined to bid.

The RAF Cosford museum job will house a section focusing on aircraft from the Cold War.The scheme is being run jointly by the museum and Bridgnorth District Council.

In Coventry, the winning firm will refurbish and extend the Herbert Art Gallery to provide additional exhibition space and a new entrance.

The tender return date on the museum job has been extended to early August, while bids are due in on the gallery this week.

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