Mace to replace Skanska at Battersea
Mace has been appointed construction manager for phase two of the Battersea Power Station development in London.
Mace replaces Skanska, which has managed works to date, having been awarded a £750m contract for phase two in 2014. The value of Mace's contract has not been disclosed.
A two-month handover will now take place as Mace takes charge.
A Skanska statement said: “Battersea Power Station Development Company (BPSDC) and Skanska UK have mutually agreed to end their association on Phase two of the development, the Power Station, this autumn.
“To date, Skanska UK has managed the extensive first stage of works which includes: site preparation, enabling works, aspects of the chimney deconstruction and reconstruction, piling, substructure works and retaining structures, together with other critical infrastructure and enabling works to the main boiler house and the associated ground works for the main energy centre.
“Following the initial phase, it is now considered that an alternative construction management procurement route would better suit the next and continuing phase of the works.
“As a result, Battersea Power Station (BPS) and Skanska UK have mutually decided that the remainder of the works will not be carried out by Skanska UK and the existing contract will end in the autumn.
“In the meantime, there will be a transition period where Skanska UK will work with BPS and the supply chain to ensure that the progress of the project is not affected.”
Mace originally bid for phase two and was initial favourite after securing the construction manager role to deliver £100m of enabling works.
Simon Jenner, chief operating officer of BPSDC, said: “Mace joins the project with an outstanding track record of successful delivery of major construction projects in London, throughout the UK and internationally. Mace has presented a first-class team and I look forward to working with them as we continue to deliver this incredible project.”
Gareth Lewis, chief operating officer for construction at Mace, commented: “After working closely with the Battersea Power Station team during 2013 and 2014 on the engineering and the reconstruction of the Power Station’s distinctive chimneys, we are delighted to be awarded such a landmark project.
“The transformation of Sir Giles Gilbert Scott’s iconic listed building will be one of the most high profile and complex projects in Mace’s history; a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of the regeneration of such a key part of London’s heritage.”