Support services and construction company Carillion, secures £230 million contract with News International.

Carillion is to build three new printing plants for News International, publishers of The Sun and The Times.

The £220m contract for the facilities in Glasgow, Liverpool and Hertfordshire was won following a two-stage tender process. The contractor will provide design, construction, planning supervision and buiding control consultancy.

The £25 million Glasgow project at EuroCentral Business Park will house two new presses, the £45m development at Liverpool five presses, and the £160m project at Broxbourne 12 presses.

Carillion chief executive John McDonough said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with News International to provide three state-of-the-art printing plants confirming Carillion's market leader status in UK building.”

Ian McDonald, News International managing director of operations said: 'This is an extremely important project for News International and we look forward to working with Carillion to create printing facilities fit for the 21st century.”

This is an extremely important project for News International.

Ian McDonald, managing director of operations, News International

Broxbourne is close to two existing Carillion construction training centres in the London area and the firm says the contract will provide new employment opportunities.

The new plants are part of a £600m investment by to allow News International’s printing facilities to incorporate the latest technology.

The plants are due to be operational by the end of 2007.