The contractor will take on the role of construction manager on the third phase of the scheme
Sir Robert McAlpine has been confirmed as the new construction manager for the first part of the third phase of the redevelopment of Battersea Power Station.
The contractor replaces French firm Bouygues who agreed not to proceed with its £1bn third phase contract with Battersea Power Station Development Company (BPSDC) earlier this year.
The third phase of the development has been split in two with flats in phase 3a already launched for sale, while phase 3b, which includes the Gehry-designed “Flower Building”, is still to hit the market.
The entire third phase currently includes over 1,300 new homes, a hotel, shops and restuarants and the Northern Line Extension, as well as a new high street called Electric Boulevard running from the new tube station up to the Power Station.
Simon Jenner, chief operating officer at Battersea Power Station Development Company, said: “Sir Robert McAlpine have demonstrated a comprehensive and robust understanding of our objectives; they have identified a strong, proven team with highly relevant experience and have shown a true desire and enthusiasm to work on this exciting and demanding project. This is another step towards the successful completion of this phase and we look forward to working with their team in due course. ”
Sir Robert McAlpine’s managing director for London, Paul Heather, said: “We are delighted to be involved at the Battersea scheme and look forward to working successfully with the developer and consultant team on the completion of Battersea Power Station phase 3a.”
Fellow contractor Skanska, which lost its London and South East building boss Heather to McAlpine last autumn, is on site as the construction manager for the preliminary and early works for phase two and is the preferred bidder for the second phase at Battersea Power station which includes Apple’s new London base, while Carillion is finishing the first residential phase to the west of the site.
McAlpine’s parent company Newarthill recorded its third straight pre-tax loss last month after a £53.4m exceptional writedown connected with reassessing the firm’s pension liabilities.
However, the firm recorded an underlying pre-tax profit of £10.2m, after finishing several loss-making problem jobs.
Sir Robert McAlpine completed all these jobs during the financial year and had incurred “all of the substantial costs”, the accounts said.