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Laing O’Rourke wins Shell Centre sub and superstructure contract for Braeburn Estates

Laing O’Rourke has bagged a major contract on Braeburn Estates’ £1.3bn Shell Centre project on London’s South Bank, Construction News can reveal.

The contractor’s specialist business the Expanded Group has been awarded the sub and superstructures on the project, in a deal worth around £100m.

Braeburn Estates is a joint venture between Canary Wharf Group and Qatari Diar.

The contract marks a major step forward for the project, which has been subject to a number of legal challenges since it was given the go-ahead in June 2014.

Local activist George Turner was fighting a decision by the then communities secretary Eric Pickles to grant planning permission for the scheme last June.

The High Court dismissed the case in February 2015, but Mr Collins later opted to appeal the decision, only for it to finally be dismissed once again by the Court of Appeal in June.

A spokeswoman for Braeburn Estates said at the time of the dismissal: “We are pleased that the appeal against our proposed redevelopment of the Shell Centre has been dismissed.

“It had already been through an exhaustive planning process and we now look forward to commencing works on site in the near future and, in so doing, to bringing many benefits and much regeneration to this important part of London.”

The redevelopment of the 27-storey Shell Centre tower will see the construction of eight new buildings, varying from five to 37 storeys.

The new buildings will have 580,000 sq ft of office and retail space, as well as 820,000 sq ft of residential space.

Canary Wharf Group confirmed the appointment of the Expanded Group but was unable to confirm the contract value.

Laing O’Rourke declined to comment.

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