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Contractor chosen for major Berkeley resi tower on South Quay Plaza

Laing O’Rourke is set to build one of London’s tallest residential towers in a deal worth £150m, Construction News can reveal.

The contractor has entered into a preconstruction services agreement with Berkeley Group to build the shell and core of its 68-storey tower on South Quay Plaza.

Laing O’Rourke is now working on achieving the client’s cost plan over the next six months, after which it will be awarded the contract.

The overall build cost of the project is understood to be around £350m.

Berkeley Homes South-east managing director Harry Lewis said: “Laing O’Rourke has a strong track record in delivering complex, high-rise schemes and have worked with Berkeley on a number of successful projects over the years.

“We are looking forward to getting started together on South Quay Plaza.”

As revealed by Construction News in April, Laing O’Rourke went head-to-head with Brookfield Multiplex for the scheme.

The 220 m-high building was designed by Foster + Partner and will include around 950 homes.

Changes were made to reduce the height of the building from 73 to 68 storeys, following the submission of a planning application in April 2014.

The site currently includes a small retail complex, two office buildings and a leisure facility in the north-east corner, all of which will be demolished except for one of the commercial blocks.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson wrote to Tower Hamlets Council in March to say he would not call in the project to his own planning team, giving it a final stamp of approval.

On its website, Berkeley said the majority of the existing jobs located in the condemned office building will relocate to Harbour Exchange, ensuring they stay within the borough of Tower Hamlets.

The company also estimates that 465 construction jobs will be created during the build process.

The project is located along Marsh Wall on the Isle of Dogs, east London.

Laing O’Rourke has been contacted for comment.

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