Four contractors are competing for the £25m fit-out of the 34-storey Barclays Bank tower in London Docklands.
Interior, Bovis Lend Lease, Mace and Overbury are competing to realise the interior scheme, designed by architect Pringle Brandon. The tower itself, designed by HOK, was topped out last month, 15 months after foundation work began.

It is one of the first UK towers to incorporate design changes as a result of the 11 September World Trade Centre attack. The changes include extra-strong joints and wide stairwells.

Bovis and Mace are also believed to be in the running for a studio in Brentford, west London, for television broadcaster Sky.

Market sources claim that a shortlist of firms is to be drawn up today for the £15m refurbishment and extension job.

Building revealed in September that architect Aukett had been enlisted to draw up plans for the scheme, which will create state-of- the-art studios for Sky News and Sky Sports by next year.

A shortlist of four contractors has also been drawn up for a £16m contract in Brentford, west London, for car manufacturer Audi. They include Carillion, Skanska and Exterior. The client intends to build a regional HQ for the German group.

The 6000 m2 Wilkinson Eyre-designed building includes displays, workshops, administration and conference facilities.

Work on the Audi regional HQ is scheduled to start next spring. The project team includes QS Davis Langdon & Everest, structural engineer Expedition Engineering and services engineer Akeler 10.