Consortia bidding for BT’s £160m Project Jaguar will have to wait until February before finding out whether they have won work.

A source close to the maintenance project said that the original long list of 11 companies and consortia had been whittled down to four. These are: Bovis/Dalkia/Mitie, Mace/Citex/ Honeywell, Carillion/Servus and Amec. The source said these have been asked to submit a detailed business plan by the end of January.

BT’s original intention was to split the project between two or three companies/consortia, which were to be chosen by Christmas.

BT was unavailable for comment as Building went to press. Project Jaguar is an attempt by BT to outsource its construction requirements.

Whereas the original plan was to include facilities management, maintenance and new build work, Project Jaguar will now focus on facilities management and maintenance work only.