Lendlease Reveal Value of Euston Redevelopment

The redevelopment of the area around HS2’s Euston station could be worth nearly £6bn, the company behind the project’s masterplan has revealed.

Lendlease, which won the master-developer contract in February, said it expected the overall Euston redevelopment covering the area around the station to be worth AUS$10.2bn (£5.8bn) when fully completed.

The value was revealed as part of Lendlease’s results for the year to 30 June 2018, in which the company recorded an estimated global development pipeline of AUS$71.1bn (£40.5bn).

The pipeline was boosted by a number of new developments in the UK, including the Silvertown Quays scheme in east London valued at AUS$6.1bn (£3.47bn) and the High Road West regeneration in Tottenham, worth AUS$2bn (£1.14bn).

Lendlease also won a development role on Milan’s Milano Santa Giulia with a development value of AUS$3.6bn (£2.05bn), taking the total European development pipeline to AUS$29.3bn (£16.68bn).

As part of Lendlease’s focus on the European market, former CEO of international operations and Europe Dan Labbad will now focus solely on Europe.

Lendlease posted global pre-tax profit for the year to 30 June of AUS$1.07bn (£610m), up from AUS$1.01bn (£570m) in the previous 12 months.

Global revenue for the company stood at AUS$16.57m (£9.43bn), down from the previous year’s figure of AUS$16.66bn (£9.48bn).

Lendlease’s UK construction arm saw gross profit hit £48.4m for the year to 30 June 2018, up from £44.8m in the previous 12 months.

The UK business reported EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) of £12.8m on revenue of £389m, giving it an EBITDA margin of 3.3 per cent.

Lendlease Construction managing director for Europe Neil Martin said the improved performance had been driven by more selective bidding in the division.

He said: “Our tight control on costs [… and] our focus on profitability rather than revenue has led to further growth in gross profit for Lendlease’s construction business.

“Our recent focus to manage risk exposure across the portfolio means that a significant amount of our workload is now construction management.

“Achieving this balance between fee and risk work has been key to this year’s positive results.

“Whilst revenue is down, the profit margin is up and this positions us strongly as we continue to deliver on the expanding pipeline.”

Despite the increase in UK profit, Lendlease’s global construction operations saw full-year profit drop 77 per cent from AUS$338m (£192.4m) to AUS$78m (£44.4m).

Much of this was down to the group’s Australian construction business, which was hit by losses of AUS$23.1m (£13.2m) for the year, compared with a profit of AUS$201m (£114.4m) for the previous 12 months.

North West’s first smart motorway fully-operational

The M60 in Greater Manchester is officially the North West’s first fully-operational smart motorway, Highways England has announced.

On 31 July the final package of smart improvements along junctions 10 to 18 of the M60 in Greater Manchester went live. The milestone means that the entirety of the motorway, from Junction 8 at Sale to Junction 20 at Rochdale is now fully-operational.

But what does this mean for motorists? In addition to an extra lane running in both directions of the M62 between junctions 18 and 20, CCTV technology and electronic signage have been installed across the M60 and M62. The introduction of variable mandatory speed limits means that the motorway can be more responsive to incidents as and when they occur, meaning less congestion and frustration at stop-start driving conditions.

“Going ‘live’ this week marks the most significant milestone for this project,” said Highways England Senior Project Manager Jonathan Stokes. “We would like to thank users of the M60 and M62 and people living around them for their patience and support over the last few years while we have worked to deliver this vital investment in what is an almost uniquely complex environment.

“Although this is the first smart motorway in the North West the system has been running successfully in other parts of the country for several years – including around Leeds – and we’re confident it will deliver safer, smoother and more reliable journeys.”

The project’s completion has also paved the way for further resurfacing works along key sections of the M60, and a programme of overnight resurfacing and bridge maintenance is expected be underway later on in the month. This is all part of a £100 million investment in highways maintenance across the North West.

Four more smart motorway schemes, worth an approximated £500 million and delivering 90 miles of additional lanes to the local road network, are also due to be completed over the next few years. With the first smart motorway in the North West now operational, Highways England has also encouraged motorists to learn more about the new system with the guidance available.

Article Courtesy of UK Construction Online