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Helping institutions, developers, investors, public authorities and contractors to deliver major infrastructure and property development projects is central to our business. Regularly ranked by leading legal directories in the UK, US, Middle East and Asia, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner’s Commercial Construction and Engineering team is chosen by clients to facilitate the successful delivery of construction projects worldwide.  

With experience and projects spanning the full cross-section of the industry, our team has the skill and understanding of industry practices and standards to anticipate challenges and negotiate quickly and effectively on your behalf. Our extensive blue chip client list from across numerous industries testifies to our approach and quality of service.  

A full service approach: Our team members possess valuable experience in preparing and negotiating all varieties of design and construction-related contracts. Our input also goes beyond pure contract drafting to encompass strategic advice and risk management, based on our extensive experience with major projects. After contract execution, we can assist and counsel you in connection with contract compliance and a range of matters including change orders, delays, payment procedures, errors, omissions, defects, liens, warranty claims and a host of other issues. 

Fast, efficient and tailored results: We understand the time and budget sensitivities inherent in your construction transactions. Our team members draw upon our collective experience, our database of industry documents and our understanding of the unique aspects of each transaction to produce timely, cost-effective results that are tailored to meet your individual needs. 

Global reach: Our international teams represent clients throughout the world, meaning no matter where your project is based, we can quickly identify lawyers with the appropriate type and level of experience to assist. We are also highly skilled in managing cross-border projects and coordinating with local law firms where required.  

Holistic, multidisciplinary advice: Our team regularly collaborates with colleagues across disciplines including real estate, planning and zoning, environmental, project finance, public finance and tax to provide you with comprehensive, coordinated advice and help you effectively mitigate risk.

Representative Experience

THEMED INTERGRATED RESORT
Location: Macau 
Project Counsel on a themed integrated resort in Cotai Macau for US based developer on all aspects of the development, design and construction of a USD2.8bn themed integrated resort in Macau including a 3,000-room hotel, casino, theatre, retail mall and convention facilities. 

INTERGRATED CASINO RESORT
Location: South Korea 
Advised a US based gaming operator on construction of an integrated resort complex at Incheon Airport which will include accommodation, performance arena, theme park and casino. 

KAI TAK SPORTS PARK DEVELOPMENT
Location: Hong Kong 
Acting for one of the three pre-qualified bidders on all legal aspects in respect of the preparation of its tender submission to the Hong Kong Home Affairs Bureau for the right to design, build and operate (DBO) the US$4 bn Kai Tak Sports Park development - a landmark project for Hong Kong. 

ICONIC NEW HOTEL TOWER DEVELOPMENT
Location: Asia Pacific
Advising an integrated resort on their design, consultancy and construction of an iconic new hotel tower to the existing development, including their entire suite of consultancy and construction contracts. 

REMODELING AND CONSTRUCTION ADVICE FOR ONE OF THE WORLD'S LARGEST HOTEL COMPANIES
Location: US, Nationwide
Advising on numerous design and construction contract forms for use by one of the world’s largest hotel companies in procuring design, construction, furnishings and equipment for new hotels and remodeling projects. We regularly assist our client in the preparation and negotiation of project-specific contracts.

BLOOMBERG'S £1 BILLION EUROPEAN HEADQUARTERS
Location: UK, London
Representing Bloomberg in relation to their new 660,000 sq ft European HQ, one of the largest and most sustainable office developments ever built in Europe. We advised on the construction documentation and on the structuring for the development, procured by way of construction management.

$1 BILLION RECONSTRUCTION OF A MAJOR RUSSIAN AIRPORT
Location: Russia, Sheremetyevo
Advising on the reconstruction of the Northern Terminal Zone of Sheremetyevo International Airport. Works have included the construction of two brand new passenger terminals, a cargo terminal, a unique transportation tunnel under two runways, a base station for ground handling, a distribution station, technical water storage and distribution station, as well as other facilities.

$110 MILLION IMPROVEMENTS FOR GRAIN PROCESSING AND EXPORT FACILITY
Location: US, Gulf Coast
Representing a global agribusiness in terminating a contract for the construction of $110 million in renovations and improvements to a grain processing and shipping facility on the Gulf Coast. We also prepared and negotiated the design-build contract for a replacement contractor to complete the project.

EUROPE'S FIRST "PAN PACIFIC" HOTEL
Location: UK, London
Advising UOL Group Limited on the construction aspects relating to its acquisition of Heron Plaza, now known as 150 Bishopsgate, in a deal worth over $300 million. The 43 storey tower will include a luxury Pan Pacific hotel and residential development, based in the heart of the City of London. The hotel will be the City’s first 5* hotel, rivalling the West End.

ADVISING MULTI-NATIONAL CORPORATIONS ON INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS ACROSS RUSSIA
Location: Russia, Nationwide
We provide comprehensive legal support to many multi-national companies, including Nissan Motor, Danone, Guardian Industries, Kimberly-Clark, Kingfisher/Castorama, Komatsu, Kronospan, Lafarge, Magna Automotive, Mars, Oriflame, TEVA pharmaceutical, Efes Brewery, Saint-Gobain, and many others, for various Greenfield industrial development projects across Russia.

ADVISING RETAIL GIANT ON STORES, DATA CENTERS AND DISTRIBUTION CENTERS ACROSS THE US
Location: US, Nationwide
Counseling a retailing giant in modifying their company-wide policies and overhauling library of form design and construction contracts for projects ranging from $10,000 to more than $100 million. We also provide ongoing counsel regarding the administration of, and disputes regarding, projects throughout the United States.

LANDSEC'S £2.2 BILLION REINVENTION OF VICTORIA, LONDON
Location: UK, London
Advising Landsec on the completion of Nova Victoria, a 897,000 sq ft mixed-use scheme. The project is one of the largest single real estate construction contracts in the UK market and forms part of Landsec’s £2.2 billion reinvention of Victoria that will deliver office space, apartments, retail and will provide numerous eateries and restaurants.

$510 MILLION MANUFACTURING CAMPUS IN MEXICO
Location: Mexico, Leon
Advised a global manufacturer on the development of a 1.5 million sq ft manufacturing campus in Leon, Mexico, with a projected cost of $510 million. We advised on lead contractor due diligence and interviews at outset of the project and prepared and conducted in-person negotiations of an EPC contract and ancillary project agreements.

SENIOR LIVING FACILITIES THROUGHOUT THE US
Location: US, Nationwide
Representing a New York City-based asset management firm in connection with the preparation of design and construction agreements for numerous senior-living projects throughout the United States.

SEVERAL BILLION POUNDS OF LONDON DEVELOPMENTS FOR MIDDLE EASTERN DEVELOPER
Location: UK, London
Representing Qatari Diar and its subsidiaries in relation to all design and construction aspects of several high profile developments in London, including the politically sensitive 12.8 acre Chelsea Barracks site; the £1 billion mixed use development of the Shell Centre site on London’s South Bank; and the redevelopment of the old American Embassy site in Grosvenor Square, into one of the world’s most luxurious hotels.

MANUFACTURING, DISTRIBUTION AND OFFICE PROJECTS FOR FORTUNE 500 COMPANY
Location: Global
Advising a Fortune 500 company regarding design and construction matters for manufacturing, distribution and office projects throughout United States, Mexico, Canada, China, and the Middle East. We prepared a library of form design and construction contracts, as well as project-specific general contracts, design-build agreements, design-services agreements and build-to-suit leases.

STATE-OF-THE-ART $130 MILLION DISTRIBUTION CENTER
Location: US, South Carolina
Advising on the preparation and negotiation of design-build contracts with process and building construction companies for a state-of-the-art, $130 million distribution center in South Carolina on behalf of a global manufacturer of consumer products.

PRESTIGIOUS CROWN ESTATE CENTRAL LONDON PORTFOLIO
Location: UK, London
Acting as sole legal adviser to The Crown Estate on construction matters related to their prestigious central London portfolio. Our advice covers all non-contentious and a range of contentious construction work in relation to their £1 billion development programme.

MULTIPLE MULTIFAMILY PROJECTS ACROSS THE US
Location: US, Nationwide
Representing a New York City-based real estate investment firm in connection with the design and construction aspects of joint venture agreements, development agreements and general contracts for numerous multifamily projects throughout the country.

KEEPING LONDON FLOWING
Location: UK, London
Advising on all aspects of the Thames Tideway Tunnel, the £2.4 billion project to create a sewer outflow tunnel under the Thames. Since successfully gaining planning consent in March 2015, we have provided procurement advice on early construction packages and the negotiation of agreements with numerous third party stakeholders.

DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF LEISURE RESORTS THROUGHOUT THE US
Location: US, Nationwide
Advising a resort hotel and indoor water park operator on the design and construction of several resorts throughout the country, each costing more than $100 million. Our advice has included preparation of form design and construction contracts and transaction-specific agreements; advice concerning construction procurement strategies; and leading negotiations of construction-related agreements.

SYSTEM-WIDE INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS FOR NEW YORK PUBLIC AUTHORITY
Location: US, New York
Advising a public authority in New York with regard to construction procurement strategies and cost containment measures for multiple system-wide infrastructure projects. We also updated a library of form contracts for the design and construction of these projects, costing between $50 million and $1 billion.

Representative Clients

  • Canary Wharf Group
  • Qatari Diar 
  • Landsec 
  • Argent Related 
  • The Crown Estate  
  • University of Cambridge 
  • Highways England Company Limited 
  • Grosvenor Estates  
  • Thames Water Utilities Limited 
  • GPE  
  • Hermes Real Estate  
  • UOL Group 
  • Delancey