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Laing O’Rourke, Sir Robert McAlpine and Vinci battle for Hammerson development

Three contractors are in the running for the first phase of Hammerson’s £120m Leeds shopping centre, Construction News understands.

Laing O’Rourke, Sir Robert McAlpine and Vinci are understood to have made it through the first round of bidding for the £120m Victoria Gate shopping centre.

The first phase of the scheme includes construction of a flagship John Lewis store and a two-street arcade of shops, restaurants and leisure space linking the new department store to the existing Victoria Quarter shopping arcade, which Hammerson bought last year.

It will also include an 800-space multi-storey car park.

Hammerson chief executive David Atkins confirmed that a contractor will be appointed “at the turn of the year”, with work due to begin on site next spring.

Sir Robert McAlpine has worked with Hammerson previously, delivering its Highcross shopping centre in Leicester and Cabot Circus centre in Bristol, which opened in 2008.

Meanwhile Vinci has been appointed to build a number of Hammerson’s retail schemes in France.

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