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Infrastructure Projects & Plans

Having advised clients in all sectors including retail, leisure, industrial, offices, residential property, education, airports and transport hubs and sports stadiums, we understand the demands of quality and the unique requirements of each of these distinct markets. Because we deal with the issues raised in these environments on a daily basis, we have developed streamlined products and processes to help move both straightforward and more complicated transactions forward quickly and economically.

We understand that no two development projects are ever the same, even if the parties to the project are identical. As a result of this, we identify and appreciate the individual aspects of a project at an early stage. We represent developers, builders, funders, investors, landlords and tenants with their development projects from initial acquisition, through the planning and approval process, obtaining funding, and then on to construction, completion and post completion matters. This understanding and experience of having acted for all the key stakeholders in development projects provides us with a unique insight into the key drivers of all parties. Regardless of who we act for in this process, we are able to utilise that experience in order to understand the relative positions and the commercial perspectives of all those involved. The benefit is that we are able to work with you in an efficient manner to navigate the legal and commercial complexities of your specific project and drive economies in order to achieve appreciable value.

We regularly work with other professionals including engineers, architects and surveyors to ensure a fully inclusive, coordinated process under which issues are resolved often before they arise.

We provide construction advice to streamline your development issues.

Managing the construction process to meet the demands of the project requires a contractual structure that seeks to achieve your objectives. We understand that bringing new quality developments to market quickly is your priority to secure reward and a return on the investment.

We advise on the contractual relationships between you and all the other parties involved to make sure you are fully protected and that your objectives are achieved. Typically our services for real estate development transactions include drafting, negotiation, finalization and completion of:

  • Development Agreements and Agreements for Lease 
  • Building contracts – both bespoke and schedules of amendments to all the main standard industry forms. 
  • Appointments of your designers and professional team of consultants 
  • Collateral warranties and third party rights – to provide contractual rights to interested parties, whether that is the client, funders, tenants or local authorities. 
  • Bonds and Guarantees – to support the project and act as additional security for the development. 
  • Other documentation – such as pre-construction services agreements, letters of intent, contractual licences, step in arrangements, funding agreements and escrow arrangements etc.

Procurement

Guided by your objectives, we will craft the contractual matrix that will best achieve them. We can do this because we have in depth knowledge of, and experience in, drafting contracts and advising our clients on the full range of agreements in all sectors using not only  JCT, NEC, ICE, ACE, RIBA, CIC,  IChemE, IMech/IEE (Model Forms) and FIDIC forms but also PFI/PPP, Alliancing, and other public sector models as well.

We advise government bodies and supply chain on the construction aspects of public procurement law and add value to competition procedures by advising on tender processes and pre-construction arrangements.

Project Financing

Financing long-term infrastructure, industrial projects and public services can be a particularly complex area for many businesses. Due to the way revenues are generated for these projects, you need an experienced team to deliver the correct service and a return for the investor.

We regularly deal with financing matters related to project structuring and development, financing and other contract issues across all construction sectors. Our extensive experience includes bringing various, wide-ranging projects to completion. We don’t just give you legal advice; we give you commercial and strategic advice and tailor our service to suit your individual project and financing agreements.

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  • Advising Birmingham City Council in relation to the more than £300 million redevelopment of New Street Station. 
  • Advising British Land Plc in relation to the demolition and complete redevelopment of 103 Colmore Row, Birmingham (Natwest Tower). 
  • Advising Centro in relation to the new transport interchange development (bus, rail and light rail interchange) in the City of Wolverhampton. 
  • Acting for ITV in relation to their £50 million construction project of new facilities and the coronation street set in Salford, Manchester. 
  • Advising the Olympic Delivery Authority regarding London 2012 – including the aquatic centre and the surrounding infrastructure (including bridges and highways). 
  • Advising Blackpool Borough Council in relation to track, infrastructure and a new depot facility in relation to the £120 million new light rail scheme. 
  • Advising Muse Developments in relation to the £100 million regeneration of Reading Town Centre under a joint venture agreement with the council. 
  • Advising Blackpool Borough Council and its regeneration company, ReBlackpool, in relation to two £20 million seafront regeneration schemes as part of the wider headland redevelopment. 
  • Acting for Shrewsbury Sixth Form College and Shrewsbury College of Arts and Technology regarding their more than £70 million co-location development in Shrewsbury. 
  • Advising a syndicate of banks in relation to a £100 million development neighbouring the M25 including tunnelling works beneath the motorway. 
  • Acting for a Lloyds TSB Bank in relation to the £400 million development of the largest data centre in Europe. 
  • Acting for HSBC Bank in connection with a £60 million development in Coventry, including a number of hotels, a casino, leisure, residential and car parking. 
  • Advising a major property developer on the redevelopment of the grade 1 listed St Pancras Chambers, Kings Cross, London. 
  • Advising a major property financier in relation to numerous property developments throughout the UK. 
  • Representing a major logistics company in relation to a number of new build warehouse and office developments.