Laing O’Rourke has beaten rivals Sir Robert McAlpine and Multiplex to be named preferred contractor for a £700m deal to expand Brent Cross.
Joint owners of Brent Cross, Hammerson and Standard Life Investments, have chosen O’Rourke as the preferred contractor for a retail extension at the north London shopping centre, which will see Brent Cross almost double in size to 2m sq ft.
It is part of an overall £1.4bn redevelopment of the site.
The centre will also add up to 150 new retail stores, a cinema, hotel and around 50 restaurants.
Laing O’Rourke will work to finalise the design and procurement of the centre, with work expected to start on site next year.
The contractor has previously worked on Trinity Leeds, Westgate Oxford and Edinburgh’s St James Quarter.
Laing O’Rourke head of UK building Liam Cummins said: “We will collaboratively define – then deliver – success for our clients, partners and the wider community on Brent Cross, undoubtedly one of London’s most exciting and anticipated retail regenerations.”
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Hammerson director of retail development Robin Dobson said: “Laing O’Rourke has a successful track record in delivering major retail and leisure projects.
“This appointment is an important milestone in the transformation of Brent Cross London and our plans to deliver a world-class retail and leisure destination.”
The appointment of a contractor for the infrastructure works will be made in 2018.