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Skanska confirms £500m Scalpel win

Skanska has confirmed it has won the £500m Scalpel with work now set to get under way at 52 Lime Street.

Construction News exclusively revealed the contractor was in pole position ahead of Mace for the major London scheme last month.

The building, at the junction of Lime Street and Leadenhall Street in the City of London, is scheduled for completion in early 2017.

The 190m-tall commercial office development will have an internal floor area of 624,000 sq ft over 35 office floors and two basement levels, including retail and restaurant areas.

A public ‘square’ of approximately 11,000 sq ft will be created by the development, complementing the existing space around the Willis Building.

The square will include public seating and planting and may also provide space for public art and tables linked to a specialist ground floor coffee shop, designed to echo the 17th-century origins of the London insurance market at Lloyds Coffee House.

Skanska managing director Paul Heather said: “We are thrilled to be adding 52 Lime Street to our portfolio of city towers and forming a new relationship with the WR Berkley Corporation to provide the company with a European home in the heart of the city.”

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