£1bn London Development

New cultural and education centre at Stratford Waterfront, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in East London. New buildings will include the Sadler’s Wells dance theatre, the BBC, the Victoria and Albert Museum and a new campus for the University of London’s College of Fashion. Mace is leading project and construction management of the commercial part of the scheme. The scheme has been designed by a collaborative teamof Allies and Morrison, O’Donnell + Tuomey and Camps Felip Arquitectura.

Allies and Morrison LLP 

85 Southwark Street - London SE1 0HX



London Development
£70m Greenwich Hotel - London Hotel Group

London Hotel Group has submitted plans to convert and extend a Grade II listed former Magistrates’ Court in Greenwich to create a £70m hotel.

Designed by architect Squire & Partners, buildings’ heights will vary from three to seven storeys, with several new warehouse-style buildings providing the bulk of the hotel rooms.

he sustainability strategy for Greenwich Magistrates Court, prepared by XCO2, is targeting the achievement of BREEAM ‘Excellent’ and is expected to halve its carbon emissions through a combination of efficient building fabric, highly efficient centralised heat-distribution network and renewable technologies.


London Hotel - Greenwich
8 Bishopsgate - 50 Storey City of London Tower

Construction work has now started on the City of London’s latest tower at 8 Bishopsgate.

Mitsubishi Estate London, development manager Stanhope and construction manager Lendlease have now started on the site which will be home to 560,000 sqft of luxury offices, retail space and a viewing gallery at its summit.


One Hundred Million Mixed-Use Development in Clerkenwell

Bouygues wins £100m London Royal Mail Mount Pleasant Postmark Project. Taylor Wimpey have chosen Bouygues to deliver the London Royal Mail 100m Housing development. The “Postmark” site is located in Clerkenwell at Mount Pleasant close to Crossrail’s Farringdon Station. The 6.5-acre site was snapped up by Taylor Wimpey in a deal worth just under 200m. The mixed-use development will consist of retail, offices and close to 700 homes. West Central One is the first phase the masterplan and has been designed to reach a BREEAM “Excellent” rating. Taylor Wimpey and Bouygues UK have worked in partnership on other residential schemes at North Wharf Gardens as well as Greenwich Millennium Village.

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The Concrete Society Awards 2018

Outright Winner

Mersey Gateway Bridge, Widnes–Runcorn, Cheshire MGB is unique in being the UK’s only longspan cable-supported bridge constructed primarily using in-situ concrete, thus representing a significant advancement in the material’s application for this purpose. Innovative construction methods, such as the mobile scaffold system, enabled the bridge to be constructed on time and within budget.

Highly Commended
George Green Library, University of Nottingham
Plot A - 2 Television Centre, London
Principal Tower, London
Two St Peter’s Square, Manchester
White Collar Factory, London


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Siemens Wins £1.5 Billion Pounds Contract To Build New London Tube trains

Siemens has been awarded a contract worth about £1.5 billion to design and build 94 new generation trains for the Piccadilly Line on London’s metropolitan train network, Transport for London (TfL), the public body in charge of the Tube, said the award of the contract would allow Siemens Mobility to push ahead with its plan to build a new factory in Goole, South of York.

 Siemens Bids & Tenders

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Laing O’Rourke director joins Multiplex.

Paul Maguire, former director of engineering enterprise Laing O’Rourke, has joined fellow former Laing O’Rourke director, Callum Tuckett over at rival firm and leading global contractors Multiplex.





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Interserve bags a place on Gatwick's £1.2bn frameworks

Gatwick has announced winners for £1.2bn frameworks which covers the expansion of its North and South terminals, the expansion of South terminal immigration halls and surface access and road improvements.

Gatwick Frameworks

International support services and construction group Interserve were one of five companies awarded a place to undertake contract works worth between £1m and £10m.

A great win for Interserve, Ian Renhard, MD of their contruction business said:

“This award highlights our strong track record in the aviation sector and our ability to deliver complex projects for our customers. We look forward to working collaboratively with Gatwick Airport and our supply chain partners to deliver the exciting projects ahead.”

Congrats to all the team at Interserve who worked on the bid from MJ Group (Pitch & Proposals). 

Some previous tender inspiration jobs we have produced for those of you in the construction industry that may just get you over the line.

Skanska Wins Great Ormond Street Hospital Project...

Skanska has been chosen to replace Bouygues on the £65m development at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Construction Enquirer revealed in February that Bouygues had walked away from the job after failing to agree a price at the second tender stage.

 A tribute to the Great Ormond Street Hos...A tribute to the Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) is performed during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games on July 27, 2012 in London.  AFP PHOTO / MORRY GASH / POOL        (Photo credit should read MORRY GASH/AFP/GettyImages)

The job was put out to tender again and awarded to Skanska who were the second place bidder in the original race. WSP will be providing structural and engineering services on the contract, WSP previously worked with GOSH on the detailed design.


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Mace chosen for £150m Greenwich Peninsula scheme...

Knight Dragon has selected Mace as the preferred bidder for the next phase of development on Greenwich Peninsula at North Greenwich.

North Greenwich Peninsula is big, eclectic and original. Thousands of new homes in a whole new strip of London that brings together culture, community and stunning architecture, all wrapped by the river Thames.

Each building in Upper Riverside has a subtly distinct glass and honeyed stone façade that creates a stunning illusion of translucency as angles  change across the exterior. A stepped geometric design brings an unusual quality of light and dual aspect vistas to the apartments. The orientation  to the river exposes living spaces to river views and maximum daylight continued from the warm timber balconies facing the waterfront.


MJ London Bids and Tenders

East Greenwich - Charlton - Upper Riverside SE10 - SE7 LDN SE18 - Woolwich Arsenal - Royal Arsenal Riverside - Ravensbourne University

Dylan Jones: Modern London is so far ahead of the rest it should be a city-state...

The figures say it all: in terms of investment, opportunity, culture and visitor numbers the capital has no real rivals.

MJ London Bids and Tenders

London is the most dynamic city in the world today. In the 21st century it has become the most powerful, the most dynamic, the most culturally focused city-state on earth. No other city comes close. Not New York. Not Paris. Not Shanghai. Not Hong Kong. London is already the one true global cultural megalopolis, the one true cocksure city-state. 

Nowadays it might not be the biggest in the world (Tokyo and Yokohama can claim that crown) yet it is as full of architectural riches as it’s ever been. The decor and architecture of important London buildings once seemed to represent a conscious desire to be part of an imaginary immemorial London, whereas these days every new building wants to look like the future. As the city gets bigger, so it seems to be raising the bar. As Anthony Sampson said in The Anatomy Of Britain, back in pre-Swinging 1962, “Bigness has strengthened the lure of London.”

In 2014, London brought in more foreign investment and created more jobs than any other city in the world, according to IBM’s annual Global Location Trends. For the seventh year in a row, the city topped the IBM list, attracting 235 foreign investment projects from companies relocating or expanding overseas, generating 11,300 jobs. 

Many people suffer a transmogrification when they reach the metropolis, reinventing themselves in a way that simply isn’t possible in the provinces. Of course anyone can reinvent themselves when they arrive in a big city but London seems actively to encourage it. New York applauds anyone who arrives and makes a success of themselves, whereas London inspires people to amplify their personalities.

The city is again full of the “London Lights”, the artists, scientists, writers, architects, musicians and engineers who, like their forebears in the first half of the 19th century, through their genius and courage, luck and misfortune, anger and charm, moved mountains to put London at the cutting edge of cultural change. Back then it was Charles Babbage creating his calculating machines, John Martin devising a new system of clean water supply, John Mayall and Antoine Claudet perfecting the daguerreotype, and Michael Faraday harnessing electricity.

These days it is the likes of industrial designer Thomas Heatherwick, particle physicist Brian Cox, artist Damien Hirst, designer and film-maker Tom Ford, tech entrepreneur Kathryn Parsons, Arts Council chair Sir Peter Bazalgette, e-tail guru Jose Neves and theatrical impresario Sonia Friedman who are shaking up their respective industries. However, while there were only hundreds of creatives in London 200 years ago, today there are thousands.

London life is nowadays a lifestyle, a kaleidoscopic polyphonic theme park across 33 boroughs and nine travel zones that houses grand hotels, dive cocktail bars, world renowned design galleries, bohemian indie clubs, family-owned bistros, esoteric independent retailers, theatres, gentrified trophy parks, state-funded public art and reclaimed open spaces, a cavalcade of consumerism and participatory art. Everything is here: unlike Italy there is no equivalent to Milan, meaning London is the UK’s fashion and media hub; unlike the US there is no equivalent to Washington, meaning London is our political capital; unlike the US again there is no equivalent to Los Angeles, meaning we are the entertainment hub; and unlike Germany there is no equivalent to Frankfurt, meaning London is our centre of finance. Ken Livingstone used to say the reason London overtook Frankfurt as the financial capital of the world is simple: have you ever been stuck in Frankfurt on a Friday night? 

Modern London is so far ahead of the rest it should be a city-state.

London is Europe’s largest city, and the sixth richest place on the planet. It has experienced a rapid growth spurt since the Nineties, and in 2015 passed a population peak of 8.6 million (another million are expected to arrive before 2030). In 2014, 17.4 internationals visited London, and it has more international visitors than any other city. 

We also have the most languages spoken here of any world city — around 300 — and remain a magnet for global talent (around a third of the city’s population was born overseas). As an editorial in the Times put it a few years ago, “New York has remained a metropolitan city, a great American city with many foreigners in it. London has become a great international city.” 

In the last Ten years visitors to London have increased by 43.5 per cent, with eight out of 10 of those saying culture and heritage is why they come. In a way, culture has become the city’s business model. After all, it works: The British Museum gets more visitors than Belgium, we have 22 million theatre admissions a year, the O2 Arena is the number one venue in the world, and Tate Modern is the most visited contemporary art gallery. Not only that, but London’s creative industries generate £35 billion annually for the economy. 

The empirical evidence mounts year after year. In June 2015, MasterCard published its annual city league table, and for the fifth year out of seven, London was top, beating 131 other cities. 

London is more exciting than it’s ever been. Comparison may be the thief of joy, and it might be invidious to square London off against New York, Milan or Paris — which is heavier, a ton of feathers or a ton of gold? — but right now there is no other city like it. Which makes me think maybe we should turn London into a city-state, or a citadel. Not to keep people out, and not to keep them in, but to celebrate the fact that London deserves to be recognised as the most important city on earth. 

Historically places such as Rome, Athens and Carthage were honoured with this status but these days the term only really apples to Singapore, Monaco and Vatican City, and possibly Hong Kong and Dubai. But isn’t our city better than all of them put together? I’d say so. In fact, I think I just did.

‘Ken Livingstone used to say the reason London overtook Frankfurt as the financial capital of the world is simple: have you ever been stuck in Frankfurt  on a Friday night?'

Dylan Jones


Performing for the Camera...

Tate Modern: Exhibition
18 February – 12 June 2016

MJ Group

Serious performance art, portraiture, or just simply posing for the camera? What does it mean to perform for the camera? Photography has been used to capture performances since its invention – from the stars of the Victorian stage to the art happenings of the 1960s, and today’s trend for selfies. 

City of London buys back Smithfield market for £35m...

TH Real Estate has abandoned its plans to redevelop the Smithfield market, selling the site back to the City of London Corporation for £35m five years after purchasing the site. News of the proposed transaction, revealed by CityAM, comes a year after communities secretary Eric Pickles threw out TH Real Estate’s £160m plans to redevelop the site.  

Pitch & Tenders

Smithfield Market - Farringdon Station – St John Street London EC1 - Cowcross Street - TH Real Estate

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