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Mipim latest: Sir Robert McAlpine set for next phase of Capco's £8bn Earls Court scheme

Sir Robert McAlpine is in line to build the next phase of Capital and Counties’ £8bn Earls Court development, Construction News can reveal.

Speaking to Construction News in Mipim, Capco project director Mike Hood said the client was in talks with the contractor for the second phase of Lillie Square, which is part of the wider Earls Court masterplan located in west London.

Phase two will include the construction of around 186 high-end homes. McAlpine is currently building the £150m first phase of Lillie Square, which includes the construction of around 237 luxury homes. In total, Lillie Square will include around 808 units.

In December last year some of the UK’s biggest contractors, including Sir Robert McAlpine, said they would shun residential jobs in 2016 because the market was cooling, according to a survey by Aecom.

The 2015 London Commercial Market Contractors Survey report found fears among leading contractors that the capital’s house price boom may be starting to falter, with firms expressing a desire to diversify away from resi schemes.

McAlpine lost out to Mace on Qatari Diar’s £3bn luxury residential Chelsea Barracks project in March last year.

Recent wins by Sir Robert McAlpine include the contract to build a roof for Wimbledon No.1 Court.

The contractor was also one of the shortlisted firms for the new £400m Tottenham Hotspur stadium but again lost out to Mace, which was selected as construction partner in November last year.

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