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Brent Cross, London

Laing O’Rourke has been chosen as the preferred contractor for the retail extension of the Brent Cross Shopping Centre in London, UK.

Hammerson and Standard Life Investments, the joint owners of Brent Cross, have appointed UK-based Laing O’Rourke under a pre-construction services agreement as part of a two-stage tender process for the main construction works, with an overall value in the region of £700 million (€784.65 million).

Laing O’Rourke will work with Hammerson and Standard Life Investments to finalise the design and procurement to enable a start on site in 2018.

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The regeneration of Brent Cross will double the size of the existing centre to 186,000m2 of retail and leisure space. This will include up to 150 new retail stores and 50 new restaurants, leisure and cinema facilities, hotel accommodation and a new town square.

The plans also include a relocated and enlarged bus station, as well as improved transport and highways infrastructure.

The scheme is designed by award-winning architects Callison RTKL and Chapman Taylor.

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