Skanska awaiting Google London office plans before deciding to bid


Swedish construction company Skanska has stated that it will “wait and see” before making a decision on whether to bid for Google’s revised King’s Cross office space.

Skanska bid for the £300 million project when the initial request for tender went out, however, it was awarded to Bam Construct. Google then decided it wanted the design of the London office to be more ambitious, requesting that architects Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) come up with a revised design in November of last year (2013).

With the new design, the project is expected to be considerably larger and it’s been reported that several main contractors could be involved.

Mike Putnam, Skanska UK’s president and chief executive, told Construction News: “We put in a big effort last time, will we repeat? I don’t know, we will wait and see.”

The Stockholm-based firm has enjoyed a significant amount of success recently, having won a number of high-profile projects, including the Scalpel at 52 Lime Street.

However, Mr Putnam added that despite the recent wins the company had a large capacity to work on more development projects.

He said: “Although we have picked up some big wins over the past year, they tend to go in cycles and be quite large jobs.

“They run over many years; just because you get two or three in one go, it doesn’t mean they’re starting or finish at the same time, so we still have more capacity.”

By: Kirsty MacGregor

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