Kier Construction has been appointed to rebuild Scotland’s fire-ravaged Mackintosh Building, in a £25m deal.
The contract is for the full restoration of the building, which was badly damaged in a fire in May 2014.
Works will be split into two phases and will include the refurbishment of the fire damaged stonework and the replacement of the roofs over the east and west wings of the building.
Initial works have already begun, with the main upgrades starting in 2017.
Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering, Bam Construction, John Graham Construction, Kier and Sir Robert McAlpine were invited to tender for the job in March.
A Bam spokesman said the contractor’s bid was not assessed following its pre qualification.
Mackintosh restoration senior project manager Liz Davidson said: “It was clear that an enormous amount of preparation, research and genuine understanding of the project had been undertaken and demonstrated.”
“The final assessment was made on the basis of a 60:40 quality:cost appraisal, and the wining tenderer therefore had to strike a fine balance between offering good value and exceptional quality.”
She added that Kier Construction submitted “a tight, extremely well-structured, highly competent and confident bid – combined with a competitive tender price.”
Kier Construction Scotland managing director Brian McQuade said: “Kier has extensive experience on working on iconic buildings including the Royal Opera House and the recently announced Edinburgh College of Art and our appointment is testament to the dedication and talent of the team.”