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Bouygues exits £1bn Battersea scheme

Bouygues will no longer deliver the full £1bn phase three of Battersea Power Station’s redevelopment, it has revealed.

A joint statement from the contractor and client Battersea Power Station Development Corporation (BPS) said the firm would not take the project beyond the scope of the preconstruction services agreement, with a new contractor being sought to take on the main construction.

Designed by Foster + Partners, the 1,300-home third phase of the huge scheme acts as its southern gateway and features a new high street, known as Electric Boulevard, offering 350,000 sq ft of space for retail and food outlets.

Construction News reported in September 2015 that Bouygues had landed the £1bn role, with work initially expected to start in the first quarter of last year and conclude in 2019.

But today’s statement said: “Battersea Power Station and Bouygues UK have mutually agreed not to extend Bouygues UK’s involvement in the project beyond the current scope of preconstruction services, which Bouygues UK had been appointed to perform on phase three of the development.

“On behalf of the project, Bouygues UK has been managing the design, procurement and site activities, and continues to do this with Battersea’s full support.

“These services will be wound down over the coming months as part of the handover and transition process to a new contracting partner.”

The statement added that the client was talking to “some of the UK’s leading contractors” for the phase three package.

“This change in contracting partner does not affect the current progress on site as the trade contractors such as Balfour Beatty, McGee and others are already directly appointed by the developer and their ongoing management will continue to be undertaken by the incumbent project team, including Bouygues UK during the transition.”

 

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