Mace is set to land the construction management role on the £350m Shard of Glass tower in London, which will be Europe’s tallest building when it is completed.

The client, developer Sellar Property Group, will announce in the next two weeks that Mace has been chosen to run the building of the tower, according to sources close to the scheme.

Mace was competing against Laing O’Rourke, Sir Robert McAlpine and Multiplex. However Multiplex, which was a pre-construction adviser on the Shard, last week withdrew from third-party client work.

Contractors were invited to bid for the Shard role in June. Completion of the 83-storey building next to London Bridge is expected in 2010. The building will include apartments, a hotel and shops.

WSP is structural engineer on the Shard, the office element of which will be occupied by Transport for London.

Sellar Property Group is expected to announce in the next two weeks that Mace has beaten its rivals

The win would cap a successful run for Mace. The firm is understood to have won a £40m contract to build an extension to the Foster and Partners’ Stansted airport in Essex.

Completion of this scheme is scheduled for June 2008, and is not expected to interfere with the day-to-day operations of the airport.

Mace has also won the role of planning supervisor on BAA’s £1bn Heathrow East project, which is the client’s next big scheme after Terminal 5. Work will involve the demolition of Terminal 2.

Mace is logistics operator at T5, but will hand responsibility for this to Wilson James in March next year.