Project, next to London’s O2 arena, to use off-site construction methods

Greenwich O2 Hotel

Balfour Beatty has won a £121m contract for an 18-storey hotel, leisure and apartment complex on London’s Greenwich Peninsula.

The contractor announced it would design and build the 452-room hotel with leisure and conference facilities, accompanied by 100 serviced apartments.

The scheme, for Grove Developments and designed by architect RTKL, also involves hard and soft landscaping works to link with the nearby O2 arena and will be built to a rating of BREEAM ‘excellent’.

Building reported in February that the race to build he hotel had been narrowed down to two bidders - McAleer & Rushe and Balfour Beatty subsidiary Mansell.

Balfour Beatty chief executive Andrew McNaughton said: “We are delighted to see that our customers are eager to embrace sustainable best practice to develop a scheme that will help promote UK trade and investment, and welcome the opportunity to apply the sustainable construction methods we have been developing as part of our complex building offering.”

Green design features include photovoltaic panels and rainwater harvesting.

Sustainable construction methods are also being used with all hotel and apartment bathrooms constructed off site as individual modules before being transported and installed on site, saving time on site and reducing the volume of lorry movements.

Work will begin this summer and is due for completion in summer 2015.

Balfour Beatty also confirmed this week that it has been appointed to build an £11.7 million Aloft Hotel development project in Liverpool for Ashall Property Limited. Situated on the corner of North John Street and Dale Street in Liverpool’s city centre, the scheme will transform the unoccupied Grade II listed, gold-domed Royal Insurance Building into a 116-room design-led Aloft Hotel.