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Sir Robert McAlpine beats Balfour Beatty and Laing O'Rourke to £650m US embassy deal

A Sir Robert McAlpine team has been chosen to build the £650 million new US Embassy in Battersea.

The US Embassy this morning confirmed the award to Sir Robert McAlpine, who had teamed up with US firm Harbert. It comes weeks after the contractor landed the £550m Bloomberg HQ deal ahead of Lend Lease.

Five UK firms are lining up for a chance to build the new $1 billion scheme, despite widespread reports the job would be available only to American contractors.

Construction News reported in November that Balfour Beatty, Mace, Laing O’Rourke, Skanska and Sir Robert McAlpine all prequalified as part of joint bids with US firms.

US law dictates the contract must be led by an American firm.

US contractor Caddell was understood to be paired up with Balfour Beatty, Clark with Mace, Walsh with Skanska and Plaza with Laing O’Rourke.

The project will see the US embassy relocated from its home of 50 years in Grovesnor Square to the new site in the London Borough of Wandsworth. The new 12-storey building, which will be able to house 1,000 staff, covers 45,000 sq m.

Despite US government claims that UK firms would only be eligible for subcontracted packages, just one of the successful bids - Hensel Phelps - is US only.

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