Bouygues was originally picked for the £1bn third phase back in 2015 but [as we reported in March] after carrying out substantial pre-construction site activities was unable to agree terms to move on to the main build phase. Sir Robert McAlpine will now take its place.
An intensive handover process is already underway, and Sir Robert McAlpine’s Phase 3 team will continue to grow over the coming months. Battersea Power Station Development Company, the Malaysian-owned client organisation, said that the change in contracting partner had not affected the existing progress on site as the trade contractors are already directly appointed by the developer and their management has continued during this transitional period.
Phase 3 features more than 1,300 new homes, a hotel, shops and restaurants and a new London Underground station. The phase has been designed by Gehry Partners and Foster+Partners, and will include a new pedestrianised high street, Electric Boulevard, which will run from the new Underground station up to the Power Station.
Simon Jenner, COO of Battersea Power Station Development Company, said: “On behalf of the shareholders, we are pleased to welcome Sir Robert McAlpine to the project. Sir Robert McAlpine have demonstrated a comprehensive and robust understanding of our objectives; they have identified a strong, proven team with highly relevant experience and have shown a true desire and enthusiasm to work on this exciting and demanding project.
This is another step towards the successful completion of this phase and we look forward to working with their team in due course. ”
Sir Robert McAlpine’s managing director for London, Paul Heather, said: "We are delighted to be involved at the Battersea scheme and look forward to working successfully with the developer and consultant team on the completion of Battersea Power Station phase 3a."
Paul Heather joined McAlpine only six months ago from Skanska, main contractor for the £600m second phase of the Battersea project, the redevelopment pf the Power Station itself.