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Aecom makes UK contracting U-turn

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Aecom is to stop bidding for tier one contracting jobs in the UK, just four years after launching its construction arm.

The company has announced a change to the way it delivers risky projects, announcing that it will now work with contractors on builds where it is providing project and construction management services. 

An Aecom spokesperson said: “Following a strategic review of our UK business, we have decided to make some changes to our approach to construction services work.

“We will continue to offer integrated project and construction management services but will be changing the way we do self-delivery ‘at risk’ construction projects here in the UK, working with delivery partners in the future rather than taking on the work in-house.”

“Aecom said it will complete projects it is already working on at present and “evaluate each new opportunity as it arises.”

“This change in approach does not alter our focus on delivering innovative and high quality projects and products for our clients, using traditional and increasingly digital design including modern methods of construction.”

The firm’s decision to discontinue its contracting business in the UK comes as the Spire project in London’s Docklands has been delayed for a year.

Aecom was awarded the job to build the £800M Spire tower in 2017. When completed, the tower is set to be 235m high, making it the tallest residential development in Western Europe. The tower, which has been designed by HOK, is expected to provide 861 apartments and penthouses.

The project to build the 67-storey tower was delayed after Chinese developer Greenland Group last year ordered a review of the job, expressing concerns over the condition of the London property market. No decision has yet been made by the firm on the project following its initiation of the review.

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