Contractor Skanska was this week tipped to win the £60m next stage of developer Ballymore’s New Providence Wharf development in London Docklands

The project, which includes a 40-storey tower, would reunite the contractor and architect that built Swiss Re – Robin Partington worked with Skanska on the tower during his time at Foster and Partners. Partington is now team leader for Hamilton Associates on the Providence Wharf bid.

As Building went to press, Skanska was up against Laing O’Rourke for the design-and-build contract for the fourth phase of New Providence Wharf. Laing O’Rourke is understood to be doing its design in house.

Bovis Lend Lease and Sir Robert McAlpine were in the running but dropped out in the past month.

Two residential buildings have already been developed at Providence Wharf, which is between Blackwall Station on the Docklands Light Railway and the River Thames.

The current proposal would dwarf the first two with a 150 m high, 40-storey tower costing about £60m. The scheme will be mainly residential, but will also have an eight-storey hotel.

The New Providence Wharf project would reunite the contractor and architect that built the Swiss Re tower

Ballymore enlisted US architect Skidmore, Owings & Merrill to draw up the original masterplan for the site, as well as the concept designs for some of the structures.

Hamilton Associates is looking at a £100m masterplanning scheme for Wandsworth town centre in south-west London. The 93,000 m2 development will be mixed use, with residential space and offices.

Four contractors are on the shortlist to redevelop Durrant House on Chiswell Street in the City of London. Bowmer & Kirkland, Kier, Mowlem and Skanska are vying to redevelop the 6600 m2, seven-storey building, which is owned by developer Fairplay Estates.