Piling works contractor due to be named at beginning of next month

As tipped by Building, Mace has been confirmed as the winner of the £350m deal to build the Cube in Paddington designed by Shard architect Renzo Piano.

Other firms in the running for the deal, known as Paddington Square, were Multiplex and Sir Robert McAlpine.

It is understood Mace has signed a pre-construction services agreement for the work which will extend a relationship between the two that includes the Shard and the ongoing Shard Place scheme – both of which have been designed by Piano.

As well as the 14-storey office block (pictured), which is next door to St Mary’s Hospital, Piano’s plans include retail and restaurant space along with a new public square. It will be one of the largest construction jobs in west London in the coming years.

Sellar’s construction director Paul Flexney Briscoe said: “This has been an incredibly intense period as we have reviewed exceptional bids from three Tier One contractors and I have to pay credit to their enthusiasm for, and commitment to, the project but in the end we have decided to move forward on the first stage of the contract for Paddington Square with Mace.”

Piling and enabling works will start on the office and retail scheme in March with four firms – Erith, Getjar, Keltbray and J Coffey – set to be told at the beginning of next month which one has picked up the job which is believed to have a pricetag of up to £50m.

Known as the basement box, the scheme will eventually be the new home of a ticket hall for the Bakerloo line station at Paddington along with retail.

The entire Paddington Square scheme, which has a development value of £850m, is due to be completed by February 2022.

Sellar has already appointed WSP to carry out engineering work, while Gardiner & Theobald is QS. G&T’s management services arm has been hired as the employer’s agent with Knight Frank and JLL tasked with finding tenants for the 360,000 sq ft office.


Paddington cube

The scheme will be built in the shadow of Paddington station