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Galliford Wins Order to Build New Museum of Liverpool

Galliford Try Plc, a U.K. construction company, won three contracts valued at 108 million pounds ($216.5 million), including an agreement to build the new museum of Liverpool, England.

The museum, to be located close to Liverpool's city center, at Mann Island next to the waterfront, will display the history of Liverpool and showcase the city's contribution to popular culture, according to its Web site. The contract is due to be completed in 2009, Uxbridge, England-based Galliford said in a statement today.

Liverpool City Council approved the plans in December 2005, and the former Museum of Liverpool Life closed in June 2006 to allow preparation work to begin. The building is part-funded through a 5 million-pound European Union grant, according to Liverpool museums Web site.

Galliford also won a 37 million-pound order to construct 255 apartments and 72 bungalows for the Larkhill Retirement Village in Nottingham, England and a 30 million-pound contract to build a 14-story office block and a housing development in Reading. Work on both is due to be completed in January 2009.

The company's Morrison unit has won its first contract, valued at 3 million pounds, as one of the U.K. government Environment Agency's favored contractors. The organization will spend 500 million pounds over four years to erect flood defenses in England.

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