First building on project in London’s Victoria had been built by Mace

Skanska is now being tipped to land the next phase of Landsec’s Nova East scheme in London’s Victoria.

Nova East was originally drawn up as a 14-storey scheme and given planning three years ago but a revised planning application to Westminster city council was sent in just before Christmas to make the building a 17-storey block.

Sir Robert McAlpine had been considered the long-time favourite for the Nova East office scheme which has been designed by Lynch Architects. It is believed to have a value in excess of £100m.

But Skanska is being tipped for the deal with one source saying: “Macs was in pole position on this but it’s heading Skanska’s way. They’ve been pushing very hard on this.”

If confirmed, the deal would be revenge for the firm after missing out last year to McAlpine on Landsec’s new headquarters building for Deutsche Bank.

Hoardings at the Bressenden Place site went up in April with Kent firm Blu-3 beginning site investigation work in May ahead of piling starting this autumn.

Mace completed work in 2017 on the first part of the Nova scheme but Landsec said the £340m job ended up late and over-budget which helped send Mace’s pre-tax profit tumbling 70% to just £10.7m in 2016.

The third phase of the development is called Nova Place, also designed by Lynch Architects, with this part of the scheme including retail and office space along with a new library. The height of the building will run from four to seven storeys.

Firms working on both Nova East and Nova Place include services engineer Aecom and structural engineer Robert Bird.


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The Nova East building pictured in the middle with the Nova Building on the left