Skanska is expected to start the enabling packages for the main works in March 2015. Works on the Power Station are scheduled for completion in 2019.
Mace has been in charge of construction on the Power Station since its appointment as preliminary works construction manager in October 2013. However, it has been unable to translate this position into being selected as main works contractor and has been instructed to complete site handover to Skanska before the end of November 2014.
Philip Gullett, chief operating officer of Battersea Power Station Development Company, the Malaysian-owned client behind the project, said: “Skanska’s appointment to restore and refurbish the Power Station is further demonstration of our shareholders’ commitment to the development and a major step towards opening up the Battersea Power Station to the public. Skanska is a leading contractor, with the experience and expertise to undertake the work required on this Grade II* listed iconic building.”
Under Mace’s leadership, key achievements on the project so far include:
- The chimney dismantling and rebuild programme is on schedule, led by specialist engineers Beroa Bierrum, working with specialist dismantling contractor Delta. The South West chimney - the first to be dismantled before being rebuilt, is down to a height of 20m from its full 50m height. It will be rebuilt and back to full height by the summer of 2015.
- Extensive brick work surveys have been undertaken on the Power Station elevations by specialist contractors PAYE Stonework & Restoration Ltd – ahead of the brickwork repairs.
- Structural repairs to the steel and brick work on the four wash towers beneath the concrete chimneys – led by J Coffey Construction – are also on schedule.
The detailed designs to redevelop Battersea Power Station have been led by Wilkinson Eyre Architects. When it re-opens in 2019, the Power Station will house 254 apartments, three roof gardens, three floors of shops, bars and restaurants, a 2000-capacity events venue, and six floors of office space. The entire building will house over two million square feet of accommodation.