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Trio battle for next 2012 Village deal

Byrne Group, Bennett Construction and P Elliott are closing in on the contract to build the next block of the £1 billion 2012 Athletes Village.

The three firms are understood to be on a final shortlist for the seventh of 11 towers that will be home to competitors during the London Olympic Games. The Athletes Village is the final major structure to be erected for the Games.

It is thought that a preferred bidder to build the block, known as N14, will be announced in the next week. It is likely to be worth more than £80 million for the winner.

Developer Lend Lease will itself build five plots, Ardmore has won the right to build the sixth, and the remaining five are spread across three contracts. The final four blocks will be procured in pairs during the next two months.

All three contenders for N14 are medium-sized contractors. Byrne Group incorporates concrete specialist Byrne Bros, as well as fit-out subcontractors Ellmer and Chorus and carpentry firm Touchwood. It is the 41st largest contractor in the UK by turnover, according to Construction News’ CN100, with an income of £317m in its most recent accounts.

Byrne Bros carried out concrete work on the 2012 Olympic Stadium, and has been appointed to carry out the concrete substructure and superstructure works on the prestigious Shard project next to London Bridge.

Bennett Construction, headquartered in Mullingar, County Westmeath, carries out main contractor work and has expertise in restoration and fit-out. It recently worked on the prestigious Hanover Quay development at Grand Canal Harbour, Dublin.

Fellow Irish firm P Elliott works on building and property development projects across the commercial, industrial, retail, leisure and public sectors. It had a turnover of €310m in 2006.

Its flagship projects include Aikens Village in south Dublin, a residential scheme that includes neighbourhood facilities and the construction of 759 residential units with a total floor area in excess of 70,000 sq m.

It is thought the competition for the seventh block will be fierce, especially after Ardmore’s winning bid for the sixth tower reportedly came in lower than expected.

In August, the ODA announced a shortlist of 15 firms for the final three contracts on the Village, and said it expected to award all three by the end of the year.

Galliford Try, Willmott Dixon/Inspace, Brookfield  Europe, North Midland Construction, Miller Construction, Mansell, Morgan Ashurst, Durkan, Carillion, John Sisk and Son, Sir Robert McAlpine and Higgins Construction joined Byrne, Bennett and P Elliott on that initial list.

It is understood that lists of five names were put against each of the three contracts. These have been whittled down as the procurement process nears completion.