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UK quartet on Kosovo list

FOUR British contractors have been short-listed for the first Ministry of Defence construction job in Kosovo.

Brown & Root, Taylor Woodrow, Hunting Engineering and Taylors Facilities Management are chasing the multimillion-pound contract to build temporary field accomodation for 5,000 troops.

The announcement came as construction minister Nick Raynsford denied that UK contractors would lose out in the £3 billion reconstruction of Kosovo. He said: 'British firms are determined to compete. They will not be left behind.'

But Colin Adams, executive director of the British Consultants Bureau, a member the Kosovo Reconstruction Taskforce which will visit the area next week, warned: 'The best thing would be to form consortia to tackle the work.'

He said UK consultants were well placed: 'They have a great record of working on internationally funded development projects.'