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Inspiring sites are what construction is all about

This week, I climbed to the top of Battersea Power Station.

From my vantage point on top of the turbine hall, roughly level with the specially designed roosting tower for the local peregrine falcons, I got a fresh dose of the awesome impact of watching construction in progress.

Battersea Power Station itself is huge. For the time being, it has only one of its four iconic chimneys, the first to be painstakingly rebuilt under the watchful eye of English Heritage using the original imperial measurements to ensure authenticity. Nonetheless, it dominates the skyline.

Looking out over the site, what struck me was not only the scale of the project but the range of work being carried out, the project managers’ pride in their jobs, the excitement of turning a CGI image into a real building.

Behind the hoardings

This week Construction News exclusively reveals that the works package for Battersea phase-two contractor Skanska has grown by £300m, taking its total contract value to a huge £1.15bn.

While the power station is being redeveloped by Skanska, metres away Carillion is nearing practical completion on the first two cores of apartments for phase one. Behind the power station, work is under way on the Northern line extension site.

“The importance of giving people the opportunity to see the inspiring work that takes place behind the hoardings can’t be underestimated”

Everywhere I looked there were workers and machinery. But from the outside almost none of this is visible.

The importance of giving young people and their parents the opportunity to see the inspiring work that takes place behind the hoardings can’t be underestimated.

Construction News is proud to be a partner again this year for Open Doors, now run by Build UK, whose members will open up sites across the country for a week in June. If you’re not already involved, take this chance to share what construction is all about.

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