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Salford's £180m BSF winner delayed until May

Salford City Council has announced further delays in the procurement process for its £180 million BSF contract - saying financing difficulties were partly to blame.

Contenders Lend Lease and Hochtief/Laing O’Rourke will now have to wait until May to find out who has won the job. A preferred bidder was originally due to be announced in January.

Lead member for children’s services Councillor John Warmisham said: “By the end of March we aim to finish talks with the two bidders, who have both risen to the challenge to meet the high standards we demand of them.

“The challenges of the current financial climate and procurement complexities have led to delays in BSF programmes nationwide, and we have had to face those same national problems. However, by working with our bidders, we have addressed them.”

The procurement process was also delayed by a re-scoping last summer to move to a 100 per cent new build contract.

A contractor should be on site by October, according to the council.