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Mace and Laing O’Rourke battle it out for £400m ‘Gotham City’

Two contractors have been shortlisted for TH Real Estate’s £400m office scheme at 40 Leadenhall Street, Construction News can reveal.

Mace and Laing O’Rourke will go head-to-head on the project, after two other contractors were ruled out of the race earlier this year.

The bid list of four was made up of Laing O’Rourke, Mace, Sir Robert McAlpine and Skanska.

The high-profile job, dubbed ‘Gotham City’, will total 910,000 sq ft, split between 890,000 sq ft of office space and around 20,000 sq ft retail.

A Grade II-listed building at 19-21 Billiter Street, built in 1865, will be restored and integrated into the proposed scheme.

It is estimated that 390 full-time construction jobs will be created on the site, with approximately 7,000 people expected to work in the building when complete.

The scheme was designed by Make and varies in height between seven and 34 office storeys, with two additional basement levels, roof-level plant and a range of café, restaurant and retail units.

It was granted planning permission in February last year.

Last month Construction News revealed steel specialist Severfield was bidding for supply contracts on the project.

Chief executive Ian Lawson said at the time: “There are some really big schemes coming up – commercial projects in London.

“In terms of Gotham and [22 Bishopsgate], I think we will be bidding within the next couple of months.”

The specialist contractor also revealed it would be targeting work on the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium and the redevelopment of court one at Wimbledon.

“Wimbledon are putting a new roof on Number One Court [and] we did Centre Court originally, so yeah, there are a number of good schemes for us out there,” Mr Lawson said.

TH Real Estate, Laing O’Rourke and Mace have been contacted for comment.

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