Sir Robert McAlpine expected to be named on £1bn Battersea phase three

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Sir Robert McAlpine will take over from Bouygues for the third phase of Battersea Power Station’s redevelopment, Construction News understands.
The contractor is understood to have fought off competition from rivals including Mace and Carillion to land the phase three deal, which has been designed by architects Foster + Partners and Frank Gehry.
The 1,300-home third phase of the huge project acts as the southern gateway to the main Battersea Power Station and features a new high street, known as Electric Boulevard, offering 350,000 sq ft of space for retail and food outlets.
McAlpine will take over from Bouygues, which announced that it was exiting the scheme in March.
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.
In a joint statement issued in March by both Bouygues and BPSDC, the contractor announced that it would be “winding down” activities over the coming months as part of the handover and transition process to a new contractor.
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,” the statement said.
In April the Battersea Power Station Development Corporation (BPSDC) submitted plans to relocate more than 100 affordable homes from phase three to a later phase to “ease challenges” of delivering the project.
The planning documents highlighted issues including “wider economic changes” that led BPSDC to adapt its affordable housing programme, as well as allow greater flexibility to tackle the delivery of a new tube station at the development.
Under a deed of variation to the section 106 agreement submitted to Wandsworth Council in March, 103 affordable homes will now be relocated from phase 3b to a later phase alongside the 147 units currently located in phase five. The 103 homes represent around a sixth of the total affordable homes delivered in the project.
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