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Bouygues to be replaced on £1bn Battersea contract

28 Mar 17 Bouygues is being replaced as main contractor on the £1bn third phase of the Battersea Power Station development.

Gehry Partners’ Prospect Place
Gehry Partners’ Prospect Place

It was back in September 2015 that Bouygues UK was appointed for Phase 3 of the Battersea Power Station project in a deal expected to be worth more than £1bn. Since then Bouygues has been managing the design, procurement and pre-construction site activities but has been unable to agree terms to move on to the main build phase.

A replacement contractor will now be brought in instead.

In a joint statement, client and contractor said: “Battersea Power Station and Bouygues UK have mutually agreed not to extend Bouygues UK’s involvement in the project beyond the current scope of pre-construction services which Bouygues UK had been appointed to perform on Phase 3 of the development.

“On behalf of the project, Bouygues UK has been managing the design, procurement and site activities, and continues to do this with Battersea’s full support.  These services will be wound down over the coming months as part of the hand-over and transition process to a new contracting partner.

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“Battersea Power Station is in discussions with some of the UK’s leading contractors for this next phase of the scheme.

“This change in contracting partner does not affect the current progress on site as the trade contractors such as Balfour Beatty, McGee and others, are already directly appointed by the developer and their ongoing management will continue to be undertaken by the incumbent project team, including Bouygues UK during the transition.”

As previously reported, Phase 3 will comprise 1,305 apartments on either side of a 250-metre long split-level pedestrian high street, called The Electric Boulevard, which will be the main gateway to the entire Battersea development. To the west of the high street will be Foster+Partners’ Battersea Roof Gardens building. To the east is Gehry Partners’ Prospect Place, a collection of five buildings each with sculptural façades said to be inspired by London’s John Nash Regency terraces.

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