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Iconic London build sliced to two bidders

Posted by Mark
May 1, 2013 in Community

Sir Robert McAlpine and Lend Lease are the latest firms to be cut from an iconic £500m London build bid process, leaving just two contenders in the running.

The cutting of the two major players from the Scalpel project, which follows earlier dismissals of Balfour Beatty, Bouygues and Laing O’Rourke, leaves Mace and Skanska going head to head.

A prestigious contract, it is thought by many to be the last major build in London for the next quarter of a century.

Designs were put together by Bill Pedersen from Kohn Pedersen Fox and commissioned by insurance company W R Berkley Corporation. The US firm will use the building, at 52-54 Lime Street, as its European Headquarters.

Both firms have won recent plaudits – Mace for its work on The Shard, which was recently featured in an episode of Doctor Who, and Skanska for its work on the Heron Tower.

However, it is interesting to note that the designers of Scalpel also designed the Heron Tower.

Due to be complete in 2017, it is set to become another landmark on the modern day London skyline.

It will comprise 35 above ground level office floors, as well as mezzanine floors and two basements.

A new 11,000 sq ft area on Leadenhall Street will provide access to the building. Sited adjacent to the Willis Building precinct, there will be public seating and tabled areas. The area will also be landscaped, with facilities for public art displays through the year.

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