McLaren Construction has been hired for ExCel’s expansion job which entails the expansion of conference, event, and exhibition facilities. McLaren will succeed Sir Robert McAlpine, who was awarded the Phase 3 expansion enabling works contract in October. Sir Robert McAlpine has been on site since March after completing the first two phases of the exhibition center.
McLaren will now complete ExCel’s expansion job after winning the main construction contract. The project entails expanding the existing facilities by up to 25,000 square meters. Consequently, construction costs for the extension have risen from an initial budget of £135 million to nearly £200 million. This is according to site sources.
McLaren will collaborate with project partners such as Gardiner & Theobald, Grimshaw Architects, Hoare Lea, and Campbell Reith. They have already completed the design and enabling works phase of the project.
ExCeL’s expansion project
“Being awarded this project is a real privilege and a testament to the skills and expertise of our teams,” said McLaren Group Chairman Kevin Taylor. “We are looking forward to collaborating with ExCeL London over the coming months to deliver this outstanding project.”
“The wealth of expertise and sector knowledge that the team at McLaren will deliver to the main construction phase will make sure that we meet the needs of our customers by delivering world-class venue spaces and guest experience, on time and on budget, as well as ensuring we deliver our commitments to the local community,” said ExCeL London CEO Jeremy Rees.
“The victory will be especially satisfying for McLaren’s Group Managing Director Paul Heather. He joined the company in March from McAlpine. We have the expertise and experience to bring forward a world-class project of this scale,” Heather said. “Our expert team has the skills and sector knowledge. Thus, we will deliver agile solutions focused on design, sustainability, technology, and program solutions that will add value to ExCeL London and ensure its position as a world-class venue.”
A spokesperson for Sir Robert McAlpine stated, “Sir Robert McAlpine will not be involved in the next phase of work at ExCel London.” We wish the client and their contractor the best of luck with the rest of the project.”