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In Focus: The latest UK construction industry news, July 2006

Two contractors in the spotlight for £65m Surrey street lighting scheme

Two contractors remain in the running for a £65.5m Surrey street lighting deal. Surrey County council are expected to choose a winner in October between Balfour Beatty Power Networks and the Skanska-Laing consortium.

£1bn regional framework awarded to four firms

Mansell, HBG, Kier, Mace Plus and Warings have won a 4 year £1bn regional framework contract for building works across the South East for up to 74 local authorities. The works include schools, libraries, civic offices, sport & leisure facilities, care homes and housing.

Two names compete for £100m Waltham Forest schools scheme

Two contractors remain in the race for the £100m Waltham Forest section of the BSF scheme. Kier recently went out of the running for the contract, leaving Bouygues and Skanska on the finishing straight.

Costain bypassing opposition for Oxfordshire highways project

Costain seems likely to win a £29m Oxfordshire bypass project. Insiders say Costain is leaving behind the other four rivals (Edmund Nuttall, Norwest Holst, Alfred McAlpine, Laing O’Rourke). The project centres on the Wolvercote viaduct over the A34 Oxford Western bypass.

Mitie to perform £90m housing repairs

Mitie Property Services have won a £90m housing contract in the West Midlands. Birmingham City Council contracted Mitie to perform repair and maintenance work on 27,500 homes over four years.

Amec sets new PFI record

A team led by Amec has completed a deal on the largest PFI schools contract in the UK. The value of the work totals £319m and involves the construction of 17 schools and refurbishment of another two. The first schools are due for completion in August 2007, with the whole project due to finish in mid-2009.

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