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Murphy secures King's Cross contract

Construction business J Murphy & Sons has beaten off competition from a number of high-profile developers to secure the lucrative King's Cross square contract.

The firm was chosen ahead of Balfour Beatty, Morgan Sindall and Vinci to deliver the final stages of the renovation of the £500 million King's Cross renovation works, which are to include the creation of a new 7,000 sq m public square outside the transport hub.

Patrick Shaw, Murphy senior project manager, said: "Delivering a scheme at a station which handles 47 million passengers per year requires a carefully considered approach to passenger flow management.

"We have deployed innovative methods and placed the station users at the heart of the planning in order to ensure safe and easily navigable access, in particular, to and from rail and underground platforms."

Designed by award-winning architects Stanton Williams, the square will open up stunning views of the new King's Cross facade as well as linking the station to the historic grade I-listed St Pancras International.

It will be a space 50 per cent larger than Leicester Square and the project has been viewed as the biggest renovation works to take place at the transport hub in its 160-year history.

David Partridge, speaking on behalf of the King's Cross Business Partnership, said: "King's Cross is a rapidly evolving place and is fast becoming one of the most exciting destinations in the city."

Work on the project is about to get underway and a preliminary deadline for completion has been set for autumn next year.

Elsewhere in the capital, Transport for London (TfL) announced last week it has signed new contracts with four construction firms - CVU, Ringway Jacobs, Conway Aecom JV and EnterpriseMouchel - to deliver road maintenance services for Greater London over the next eight years.

Valued at a combined £1.2 billion, the agreements will see the firms held responsible for local road maintenance and improvements - saving the taxpayer upwards of £450 million had the work been centralised and carried out by TfL. 

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