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Exclusive | Mace 'following' Tulip tower project

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Mace is considering a bid to build the “Tulip tower” in the City of London, New Civil Engineer can reveal. 

Plans for the 305m tall tower were given the green light by city planners last week, with Mace understood to be keen to work on the project. 

With construction scheduled to start in 2020, New Civil Engineer understands that Mace has expressed interest in the project, with a source saying that the company is “tracking [the Tulip tower project] very closely”.   

Mace has been heavily involved in major London projects of late, having recently completed work on the £1bn Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, as well as winning the contract to build Euston Station for HS2 in a JV with Dragados.  

The Tulip Tower is set to be the second tallest structure in the UK, 10m short of the Shard located across the River Thames. The tower will be located next to the Gherkin, and has been designed by the same archietects Foster & Partners. 

Consequently, another source told New Civil Engineer that Skanska could partner up with Careys to provide the concrete frames for the tower, considering that the contractors previously worked with Foster & Partners to deliver the Gherkin. 

The Tulip is to be a visitor attraction without any office space. The developer, Bury Steet Properties, is owned by Jacob Safra, who also owns the St Mary Axe tower in the City.

Meanwhile, WSP managing director of buildings Kamran Moazami has also expressed admiration for the project, but stopped short of saying that WSP will bid for the job.

“The Tulip Tower would very much be an exciting addition to London’s skyline and when the time comes, there’s no doubt going to be a lot of interest from a variety of consultancies to be involved in such an iconic landmark,” Moazami said.  

Contractors on the project will need to work closely with project developers at London’s other proposed new skyscrapers at 1 Undershaft and 100 Leadenhall to determine if the projects can share construction assets in a “construction coordination working group” - a condition outlined in the approval for the Tulip tower.  

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