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    Native Land Awards £50M Prime Chelsea Contract to McAlpine

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    Native Land and Grosvenor have awarded Sir Robert McAlpine a £50 million construction contract to deliver their 100,000 sq ft prime residential scheme at Alpha Place on Chelsea Manor Street, London SW3, designed by MSMR Architects, following a competitive tender process. Sir Robert McAlpine was appointed under a JCT Design and Build 2011 contract.

    The project has been procured on a two stage basis with the shell and core of the project being delivered to a fixed price and the interior fit out on an open book basis. John Robertson Architects have been appointed as executive architects with MSMR retained by Native Land and Grosvenor in a compliance role. The selection of key subcontractors and finalisation of detailed design will be concluded towards the end of 2012.

    Enabling works have already commenced on site at Alpha Place and the main construction of the scheme will start in September 2012 with practical completion expected in the summer of 2014.
    Native Land and Grosvenor have already made significant enhancements to the existing scheme in consultation with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea by relocating the main entrance of the development to Chelsea Manor Street, introducing floor-to-ceiling windows and making extensive improvements to the internal layouts of the apartments.

    Alpha Place will comprise 25 prime lateral apartments for open-market sale, 13 on-site affordable housing units, a resident’s only leisure facility and 47 underground car parking spaces. The 0.8 acre site was purchased from Jon Gershinson and Simon Davidson of Allsop, acting as joint fixed charge receivers for Alpha Place Developments (Chelsea) Ltd, in February this year.

    Andrew Locke, Associate Director at Native Land, said:

    “Sir Robert McAlpine presented us with a strong proposal and we look forward to working with them on this prestigious project. Chelsea is in an internationally recognised location that is coveted by both domestic and international buyers, so we anticipate that there will be strong demand for Alpha Place when we launch the apartments next year.”