Advised on 400 construction and engineering projects in the past 3 years

Construction, Engineering & Procurement

Helping institutions, developers, investors, public authorities and contractors to deliver major infrastructure and property development projects is central to BLP’s business. Our construction practice, which includes an integrated commercial and contentious capability, is one of the most highly regarded and largest dedicated construction and engineering teams operating internationally.

Major industry players continue to rely on our expertise, commercial and technical competence in procurement strategy, contract structures and negotiation of construction contracts, PFI/PPP project agreements, development funding arrangements, risk management advice and the resolution of disputes via arbitration, mediation, international arbitration, litigation and other forms of dispute resolution to deliver complex, high-profile projects relating to commercial property, roads and bridges, sports stadia, hotels, hospitals, process/manufacturing facilities, energy, education and other infrastructure.

With experience and projects stretching across every stage in the construction lifecycle, our practice has been tier-one ranked by leading legal directories for the past 10 years and remains, in our opinion, the best choice of adviser for those construction and engineering projects that are important to your business.

Latest examples of work

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      Mixed-use development in downtown Beirut

      We advised M1 Real Estate on a mixed-use development in downtown Beirut with an estimated total built up area of 60,000 square metres to house M1 Group’s international headquarter offices. We drafted, negotiated and settled terms of appointment with an internationally recognised master planning architect.

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      £5bn project to widen and maintain the M25

      We advised Connect Plus services, a JV entity between Balfour Beatty, Egis and Atkins, on the contracts for the £5bn project to widen and maintain the M25 London orbital Motorway

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      Interhealth Canada

      We advised Interhealth Canada on a FIDIC-based construction procurement set in a PPP context of two new hospitals in the Turks & Caicos Islands, the first project of its kind in the Caribbean.

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      National Football Centre at St George’s Park

      Over a period of three years, a cross-practice BLP team advised on all legal aspects relating to the design, procurement, planning, financing and operation of the FA’s new National Football Centre at St George’s Park. St George’s Park is seen as integral to the future of the FA, elite performance of football in England and Wales, and the heartbeat of Club England for years to come. We also advised the St George’s Park board on the procurement and financing strategy for this strategic development, comprising leisure, medical and hotel facilities.

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      Advising Thames Water

      We advise Thames Water Utilities Limited on a full range of commercial construction matters, for example on the Conditions of Contract and associated documentation for the £635 million Lee Tunnel combined sewage outfall project, the first phase of the London Tideway Tunnels programme.

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      National Grid contracts and disputes

      Since appointment to their legal panel in 2008, we continue to advise National Grid on a range of construction-related contracts and disputes.

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      Renegotiation of a multi-million dirham delivery

      We advised the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council on the renegotiation of its multi-million dirham delivery partner appointment as part of the $40bn 4,900 hectare Capital District project. Our work included running a workshop with senior UPC managers to establish the existing nature of the relationship with the PMC and then providing strategic advice on how to restructure, not only the legal documentation, but also the commercial relationship between the parties.

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      All aspects of a high-profile FIDIC-based procurement

      We advised Saraya Holdings on all aspects of their high-profile FIDIC-based procurement of a US$1bn mixed-use destination in Aqaba and on its agreements with hotel and leisure operators.

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      Implementing new procurement strategies

      We are advising the Highways Agency in developing and implementing new procurement strategies and innovative forms of contract for the maintenance and improvement of England’s motorway and trunk road network.

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      Procurement strategy with Tesco

      We continue to advise long-time client Tesco on procurement strategy and the negotiation of building contracts, professional appointments and associated documents for Tesco’s ongoing programme of major mixed-use developments, including those in Gateshead, Chingford and Woolwich.

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