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Trio contests £15m accommodation job

CONTRACTS - NEWPORT

THREE firms are lining up for a £15 million deal to build a student residence and private accommodation block in south Wales.

Cowlin, Stradform and Kier are all vying for the deal for developer Opal Property, which specialises in building student and key worker housing.

The scheme in Newport will involve building a block featuring 108 flats at a site on the city's George Street.

The winner of the contract will be announced after Christmas.

The development is expected to attract students from the University of Wales, Newport, which has two campuses in the city - one in Caerleaon and the other in Allt-yr-yn.

It will also be home to a number of private residents and key workers.

The area around Newport is currently undergoing a huge regeneration scheme, which includes construction of a £210 million city centre shopping complex known as Friars Walk, which is set to be open in time for the 2010 Ryder Cup golf tournament, being held at nearby Celtic Manor.