Battersea Power Station (BPS) and Skanska UK have mutually agreed to end their association on Phase 2 of the development, the Power Station, this autumn.
July 31, 2017
BPS has agreed to appoint Mace as Construction Manager for the Power Station – the completion of the work to the Grade II* listed iconic London landmark.
To date, Skanska UK has managed the extensive first stage of works which includes, site preparation, enabling works, aspects of the chimney deconstruction and reconstruction, piling, substructure works and retaining structures together with other critical infrastructure and enabling works to the main boiler house and the associated ground works for the main energy centre.
Following the initial phase, it is now considered that an alternative construction management procurement route would better suit the next and continuing phase of the works. As a result, BPS and Skanska UK have decided that the remainder of the works will not be carried out by Skanska UK and the existing contract will end in the autumn. In the meantime, there will be a transition period where Skanska UK will work with BPS and the supply chain to ensure that the progress of the project is not affected.
The BPS shareholders have now decided to appoint Mace as Construction Manager. Mace already has detailed knowledge of the project following their initial appointment on the Power Station in 2013 to complete the early preparatory works; they will now focus upon Stage 2 of the construction works being the completion of this iconic Grade-2* listed landmark building, returning it proudly to the London skyline.
As the cornerstone of the entire Battersea Power Station regeneration project, the Power Station will include 250 new retail, food and beverage units as well as a c.2,000 capacity events venue, a chimney lift experience, a six-acre park and riverside walk enabling the Power Station to be opened to the public to enjoy for the first time.
The Power Station building will also provide c.500,000 sq ft of new office space, will be home to Apple’s new London Campus, 254 new residential homes and a new garden square. The £9bn redevelopment of the 42-acre site includes a new tube station, new riverbus service, over 3 million sq ft of commercial space, including 1.25 million sq ft of office space and over 4000 homes.
Simon Jenner, Chief Operating Officer of Battersea Power Station Development Company, commented;
“Mace joins the project with an outstanding track record of successful delivery of major construction projects in London, throughout the UK and internationally. Mace has presented a first-class team and I look forward to working with them as we continue to deliver this incredible project.
This contract, combined with the recently awarded Construction Management contract for Phase 3 of the scheme, will deliver one of Europe’s largest urban regeneration schemes in recent history and is itself the largest single private building contract awarded in the UK.
The whole of the Battersea team is very proud that the successful regeneration of the Battersea Power Station project overall, when complete, will inject £20billion into the UK economy and will create 20,000 new jobs.
On behalf of the Battersea team, I would like to thank Skanska UK for their involvement to date.”
Gareth Lewis, Chief Operating Officer for Construction at Mace, said:
“After working closely with the Battersea Power Station team during 2013 and 2014 on the engineering and the reconstruction of the Power Station’s distinctive chimneys, we are delighted to be awarded such a landmark project.
The transformation of Sir Giles Gilbert Scott’s iconic listed building will be one of the most high profile and complex projects in Mace’s history; a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of the regeneration of such a key part of London’s heritage. We are looking forward to working closely with the BPS integrated team to deliver a world-class regeneration scheme.”
Gregor Craig, President and CEO, Skanska UK, said:
“Skanska UK and BPS have jointly agreed to part ways at this stage in the Power Station works and our efforts are now focused on enabling BPS to complete the transition as effectively as possible. I would like to thank the BPS shareholders for their support during the last two years.”