Alfred McAlpine picks up £100m of new contracts including Bluestone eco-village in West Wales

Alfred McAlpine has won the design and build contract for a controversial eco-village in West Wales.

Plans for the Bluestone holiday village in Pembrokeshire West Wales were revealed last month following a protracted legal battle.

The Council for National Parks challenged the plans on the grounds that is would set a precedent for building in national parks. Part of the site fell within the boundaries of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.

The Council unsuccessfully took the case to the House of Lords after it lost its appeal in the High Court.

Construction is scheduled to begin in May 2008, and will feature over 300 log cabins, a water park and snow centre.

Other new contracts include a deal to design and build a new headquarters and operations control facility for Huntingdon District Council and a contract to renovate two railway bridges for Network Rail.

Alfred McAlpine has also been awarded a five-year support contract to provide IT services for a BAE Systems business and a five-year managed service contract to run easyJet's voice and data network.

Group Chief Executive Ian Grice said: “We are particularly pleased with the award of the contract to design and build Bluestone, where we have been developing the scheme with the local community for five years."

“This project will draw on our experience of delivering major eco-friendly projects, such as the Eden Project, Powergen's renewable bio-mass facility in Lockerbie and the Braes of Doune wind-farm.'