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Aecom confirmed on £800m Spire tower

Aecom has been confirmed to build the £800m Spire London tower, set to be the tallest residential development in Western Europe.

Construction News revealed in April that the engineering giant was tipped to build the 67-storey tower in West India Quay near Canary Wharf for client Greenland Group.

It is understood the firm, which had already been appointed as project manager for the scheme, beat rivals Multiplex and Balfour Beatty for the role.

A construction contract is still under negotiation but is estimated to be around £420m. Negotiations are expected to be concluded by the end of this year with Aecom bringing in expertise from its Aecom Tishman business to work on the job.

Aecom will start on the basement and main build by the end of 2017, after the expected completion of piling contractor Bachy Soletanche’s work in November.

When complete, the Spire will stand 771 ft high and provide 861 apartments and penthouses.

Cladding contractor Permasteelisa Group also scooped a preconstruction services agreement with Greenland for the scheme last month.

Greenland Group UK managing director Wenhao Qian said: “Spire London is set to become one of London’s iconic, landmark buildings, and it is vital that we have the right team in place that can deliver a project of this scale.”

Aecom construction services group president Dan McQuade said: “We are very excited to work with Greenland on this iconic project in the heart of London’s Docklands.

“It will be our fifth project working together across the globe, and we look forward to further strengthening our relationship and helping Greenland to bring their vision to life.”

Aecom also clinched work on another major London development this month.

The firm, along with Asif Khan, BIG, MaccreanorLavington and WilkinsonEyre, won the contest to masterplan the £26bn redevelopment of London’s Old Oak Common.

The consortium, which also includes Bilfinger, GVA, Fluid, PBA, Spacehub and East, saw off six other heavyweight teams to land the lead design role on the 140 ha regeneration project, CN’s sister title Architects’ Journal revealed.

The Spire tower is expected to complete in 2020.

McAlpine confirmed for £1bn Battersea phase three

It was also confirmed today that Sir Robert McAlpine has taken over from Bouygues for the third phase of Battersea Power Station’s redevelopment.

Construction News revealed last week the contractor will take on the mammoth £1bn third phase of the project from Bouygues, who exited the scheme in March.

Sir Robert McAlpine is understood to have beaten rivals including Mace and Carillion to land the role.

Around 1,300 homes will be delivered under phase three as well as a new high street, known as Electric Boulevard, offering 350,000 sq ft of space for retail and food outlets.

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