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Bovis, Laing, Sir Robert McAlpine and Taylor Woodrow this week submitted bids for the £90M reconstruction of London's Blackfriars station. The Railtrack project is one of six for the Thameslink 2000 scheme due to start construction next year. Other bids are expected for: Borough Market viaduct by 26 April (shortlist of Balfour Beatty, Kvaerner, Carillion and Galliford); Farringdon station by 15 June (shortlist of Bovis, John Mowlem, Kvaerner and Taylor Woodrow); and Bermondsey station, by 30 June.

Following a £5.3M loss from construction in its year end results, Laing is to greatly expand its ownership of rail infrastructure as a key element in its strategy to increase its construction margins. The contractor wants to reduce activities in this sector from the current turnover of £1.2bn to around £750M.

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