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Non-contentious Construction

Our non-contentious construction team advises on procurement strategy and contracts for major construction and engineering projects across a range of sectors. Our depth and breadth of expertise enables us to add value to your procurement processes and to make your lives easier. We aim to help deliver your projects efficiently.

The integrated service offered by our commercial team covers all aspects of the development and construction process, from inception to completion and beyond. Our input goes beyond pure contract drafting and encompasses strategic advice and risk management, based on our extensive experience of major projects. We are recognised for being pragmatic, commercial and getting the deal done.

Our style is to work with you and your other advisers to achieve your objectives. We aim to add value by facilitating the contract development process, rather than hindering it. Our extensive blue chip client list from across the industry testifies to our approach and quality of service.

Our increasingly strong international portfolio is bolstered by the firm’s new offices in Abu Dhabi and Moscow. We are skilled in managing international projects, seeking input from local law firms where required. We have a particularly strong reputation in the Middle East through our work for major players such as Saraya, JGC and MW Kellogg.

Latest examples of work

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      Chelsea Barracks

      Once completed, the 12.8 acre redeveloped Chelsea Barracks site will have up to 448 homes, five acres of gardens, a public sports centre, shops and a children’s playground. We have been advising in relation to all design and construction aspects of this high profile and politically sensitive £3 billion scheme, including developing a flexible procurement strategy for multi-phased development of residential accommodation together with associated infrastructure and public realm aspects. We have also advised them on their master planner and other professional team appointments.

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      Thames Tideway Tunnel

      The £4.2bn Thames Tideway Tunnel (TTT) project, one of the UK’s biggest infrastructure projects, will upgrade London’s Victoria sewage network in order to cope with the demands of the 21st century. We have been advising on construction, procurement and related issues associated with the project to construct a new sewage outflow tunnel under the Thames.

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      Paradise Circus

      The £400m Paradise Circus regeneration scheme in Birmingham will include 1.8 million sq ft of offices, shops, leisure, cultural and civic amenities together with a new hotel in up to 10 new buildings. We have provided Hermes Real Estate Management Ltd with strategic construction advice.

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      Shell Centre

      The mixed-use development of the Shell Centre site on London’s South Bank for Canary Wharf and Qatari Diar is one of the largest developments in London. It will comprise up to 798 homes, 76,000 m sq. of office floor space including a new headquarters building for Shell, up to 6,000 m sq. of retail floor space and up to 2,500 m sq. of community leisure space as well as associated basement, plant and infrastructure. We have advised the Canary Wharf and Qatari Diar joint venture on the planning, forward funding agreements and provided strategic construction procurement advice including developing template professional appointments and trade contracts for multiple phases of development.

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      University of Cambridge

      Once completed, the 120 hectare site mixed use development will comprise a million sq ft of research and development space, affordable housing (2,500-3,000 units), student accommodation (2,000 student residences), retail and community facilities. We have advised on all real estate aspects of this development, including construction.

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      The Scalpel

      We are advising W. R. Berkley on the construction procurement and documentation for the appointment of the professional team and contractors for its “Scalpel” European headquarters tower in the City of London. Upon completion in 2017 the building at 52-54 Lime Street will be 190 m tall with 38 storeys.

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      Highways England

      We have been instrumental in supporting Highways England, the body responsible for managing England’s motorway and trunk road network, in the development and implementation of new contract forms that will enable the delivery of the £15bn of investment announced by George Osborne in Autumn 2014. Key among these are the £5bn Collaborative Delivery Framework (CDF), a multi-purpose framework for the delivery of major projects and a radical overhaul of its procurement model for term maintenance and repairs/renewals.

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      Grosvenor and Peninsula joint venture

      Advised the joint venture between Grosvenor and Peninsula on the legal aspects of the procurement, design and construction of a mixed-use development on the Grosvenor Estate comprising a luxury hotel and luxury apartments.

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