Large Construction Projects in 2018
Our list of 10 projects to watch this year include football stadiums, large commercial developments and listed-building refurbishments – all challenging in their own rights and worth monitoring progression throughout 2018.
The latest phase in the wider Noma masterplan in Manchester, Angel Meadows is a £235m development that includes a 40-storey residential tower. Driving the scheme is Hong Kong-based developer, Far East Consortium.
Aykon London One
This 50-storey tower in Nine Elms is being built by Multiplex. Multiplex has taken on the job for £240m – the latest in a string of high-profile project wins in London and just down the road from another of its major projects, One Nine Elms. Aykon London One is being pitched as high-end residential, with apartments designed in conjunction with Versace Home.
Battersea Power Station (phase two)
One of two major projects on this list that are being overseen by Mace, phase two of Battersea Power Station was not without its problems last year.
The iconic chimneys have already been reconstructed and hundreds of piles installed beneath the building to stabilise it, so work will continue in earnest in 2018 on the full refurbishment of the power station itself.
Big Ben and Palace of Westminster refurbishments
The Elizabeth Tower, home to Big Ben, is almost completely covered in scaffolding now, much to the irritation of some MPs who wanted the bongs to continue uninterrupted.
On the wider Palace of Westminster refurbishment, MPs are set to debate the future of that project on 11 January in the House of Commons.
Brent Cross Shopping Centre
Laing O’Rourke was appointed to carry out the expansion of Brent Cross Shopping Centre for Hammerson and Standard Life.
The overall construction value is understood to be approximately £700m – a very sizeable job at a time when retail is under strain due to general economic uncertainty over Brexit.
Capital Square is the largest speculative office development currently under construction in Edinburgh, and is being developed by Bam Properties and Hermes International with Bam Construct appointed as main contractor.
The scheme represents a bold investment from Bam and Hermes into Edinburgh’s property market and shows the partners believe the city’s commercial sector remains robust.
Chelsea FC Stamford Bridge redevelopment
Chelsea FC’s ambitious redevelopment of Stamford Bridge is set to be one of the biggest and most complex projects in the UK once it gets out of the ground.
Designs are still being finalised, but it is understood that the cost of the scheme will be in the region of £1bn.
The fire at Grenfell Tower will live long in the memory of everyone and with the inquiry ramping-up, the tragedy will have wide-ranging implications for construction.
The question of what to do with the building itself, though, has yet to be resolved. Grenfell Tower still stands out like a scar on west London’s skyline, a constant reminder of the failings of the building and the lives that were lost. 2018 is likely to see a decision taken, with most expecting the tower to be demolished altogether.
Sellar’s £775m Paddington Cube development will need to overcome yet another judicial review, having already fought off other legal challenges from the High Court.
Having overcome huge obstacles to get the Shard built at London Bridge, it seems that Sellar will have to repeat the trick again if the firm is to regenerate the area around Paddington.
Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium