Situated to the west of the Power Station, Circus West at Battersea Power Station will comprise 866 apartments, townhouses and penthouses as well as a range of offices, shops, community and cultural spaces designed by Ian Simpson Architects and de Rijke Marsh Morgan (dRMM). The apartments will be in two blocks built on a podium with two levels of basement parking. The main block will vary in height from eight storeys at its southern end, rising to 18 storeys and then reducing to 12 storeys at its northern end. The second block will be eight storeys high.
Preparatory work on Phase One has already begun with main construction works expected to commence in the summer of 2013 and scheduled for completion in 2016. This will coincide with the start of the renovation of the Grade II* listed Power Station itself, the largest brick building in Europe and one of the most significant surviving examples of Art Deco architecture. This will involve the rebuilding of the iconic towers which will remain the centrepiece of the site in the new development.
Carillion expects to create up to 1,400 jobs on-site, at the peak of phase 1 construction.
Losing bidders for the main construction contract were Brookfield, Laing O’Rourke, Sir Robert McAlpine and Lend Lease.
The Battersea Power Station development site is owned by a Malaysian consortium of SP Setia, Sime Darby Property and Employees' Provident Fund. The development is being managed by British firm Battersea Power Station Development Company.
The completed 39-acre development will have 3,500 new homes, under current plans.
Carillion chief executive Richard Howson said: "We are delighted to have been selected as the preferred bidder for this prestigious project, which I believe reflects Carillion's reputation for delivering high-quality, value for money projects. We look forward to working in partnership with the Battersea Power Station Development Company to deliver this iconic project that will make a major contribution to the transformation of this historic site.
"This takes the total value of new orders and probable orders for Carillion in 2013 to some £2.6bn and demonstrates the benefits of our strategy in construction services of focusing on national projects."
Battersea Power Station Development Company chief executive Rob Tincknell said: "This will be one of the largest construction contracts to be awarded in recent history and, on behalf of the Battersea Power Station shareholders, we are delighted it will go to an award-winning British firm.
"The first phase of any redevelopment is an important statement of the qualities that will govern the entire project and for that reason we took a lot of time selecting the contractor. After a great deal of consideration, we believe Carillion is best placed to deliver the ambition, precision and rigour that people rightly expect from a scheme which will flank a building as famous and distinguished as Battersea Power Station.
“Battersea Power Station is the last central London regeneration project of its sort and over the course of the redevelopment it will generate 15,000 new jobs, 3,500 new homes and the restoration of the historic Power Station."