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Bouygues wins £1bn deal for Battersea Power Station's third phase

16 Sep 15 Bouygues UK has been named preferred contractor for Phase 3 of the Battersea Power Station redevelopment in a deal expected to be worth more than £1bn.

The Electric Boulevard with Battersea Roof Gardens to the left and Prospect Place to the right
The Electric Boulevard with Battersea Roof Gardens to the left and Prospect Place to the right

It is said to be one of the largest private building contracts ever awarded in the UK.

Works are due to start on site in early 2016, alongside the on-going £400m construction of Circus West (Phase 1) by Carillion and Skanska’s £750m regeneration of the Power Station itself (Phase 2).

Together, Phase 1, 2 and 3 comprise the largest single development project in central London since Canary Wharf, according to Battersea Power Station Development Company (BPSDC), the site’s developer.

Phase 3 features a new pedestrianised high street, to be called The Electric Boulevard, which will be the main gateway to the entire Battersea development, connecting the Northern Line Extension station to the south of the site with the Power Station itself.

Phase 3 will comprise new 1,305 apartments on either side of the 250-metre long split-level boulevard that will offer 350,000 sq. ft. of retail and restaurant space, leading to Malaysia Square set to the immediate south of the Power Station.

To the west of the high street will be Foster + Partners’ Battersea Roof Gardens building that will include new homes, a hotel and one of the largest roof gardens in the capital. To the east is Gehry Partners’ Prospect Place (picture below), a collection of five buildings each with sculptural façades said to be inspired by London’s John Nash Regency terraces. Beyond those will be Prospect Park, housing a community centre and children’s playground.

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BPSDC chief executive Rob Tincknell said: “The appointment of Bouygues UK as preferred contractor to build Phase 3 – the gateway to the Power Station – is a major milestone and increases the total area under construction on site to approximately five million square feet.

“Bouygues UK demonstrated an impressive approach to the project and had a clear ability to address the challenges of the current London market, resulting in the best cost and programme outcomes. We welcome them to the delivery team that will build these new landmarks for London.”

Bouygues UK CEO and chairman Madani Sow said: “We are honoured, and excited, to have been chosen to deliver Phase 3 of the Battersea Power Station project – one of the most iconic construction projects in Europe at this time. We have extensive experience in the delivery of such schemes, both in the UK and within the wider Bouygues Construction Group and this contract adds to our portfolio of work on regeneration schemes. We look forward to working with our colleagues at Battersea Power Station Development Company and using our expertise to help them deliver this ambitious London redevelopment.”

Work is expected to start on the northern half of the Phase 3 site in Q1 2016 and conclude in 2019, with works on the southern half commencing in 2018 and concluding in 2020, in parallel with the opening of London Underground’s Northern Line Extension.

The team from Bouygues UK will work alongside the Phase 3 principal consultants who have already been appointed:

  • Foster + Partners - Architect ‘Battersea Roof Gardens’
  • Gehry Partners - Architect ‘Prospect Place’
  • Adamson Associates – Executive Architect ‘Prospect Place’ and Basement Architect
  • GVA Second London Wall - Project Manager and Employer’s Agent
  • Aecom - Cost Consultant
  • Chapman BDSP - MEP Engineer
  • Buro Happold - Structural and Civil Engineer
  • LDA Design - Landscape Architect.

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