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Albert Island Redevelopment

London and Regional

Providing Cost Management & Quantity Surveying services on an exemplar industrial intensification project

Cost Consultancy


Industrial & Logistics



Retail & Leisure


Jack Cawthra

The project

Albert Island historically formed the river frontage of the King George V Dock – the last of London’s upstream enclosed docks to be built, completed in 1921. Albert Island is located immediately to the east of City Airport in London’s Royal Docks, an area of the capital that is undergoing an exciting transformation as part of ambitious regeneration plans, announced by the Mayor of London and Mayor of Newham. Over £300 million pounds of investment has been committed over the next five years to help unlock the area’s extraordinary potential including considerable investment in transport infrastructure, arts and culture, digital connectivity, business growth and more.

As a large brownfield site zoned for industrial use, close to the centre of London and connected to the river, Albert Island is a fantastic opportunity to create an exemplar industrial intensification project. The development will provide in excess of 70,000 sq m of new floorspace including multi-level last-mile logistics warehousing and light industrial buildings, a 6-storey Flatted Factory, a modern shipyard, regenerated leisure marina and storage warehousing, as well as new housing and a new HQ for the Royal Docks Management Authority.

The project received planning permission in March 2021, with an anticipated start on site in 2023 and completion in 2025. The project has recently won the 2022 NLA New London Architecture Awards, Masterplans and Area Strategies category and has been shortlisted for the Planning Awards 2023 in the Placemaking Category – Award for Promoting Economic Growth.

Our solution

The Rapleys team is providing Cost Management & Quantity Surveying services including:

  • Management of the design economics and cost planning of the project in accordance with the New Rules of Measurement, establishing the project’s budget in the order of £200,000,000 and chairing value management and engineering services to maximise our clients return on investment.
  • Construction technology advice for the development with a focus on multi-level or multi-storey warehousing, cost advice for the associated fire safety systems, floor structures, non-combustible cladding, frame design and substructure enhancements.
  • Carrying out a two-stage negotiated tender via a Design & Build procurement route including the compilation of pre-qualification questionnaires, tender documents, analysis and client reports.
  • Working with Mills & Reeve to prepare a standard form of JCT Design & Build contract with bespoke amendments to meet the clients risk profile and third party rights.
  • Managing change control procedures and regular cost reporting and cash flow forecasting.
  • Working with L&R’s preferred brokers Marsh, Rapleys have provided insurance related advice including supported setting the levels of cover and the procurement construction all risk joint names policy including third party liability and non-negligence cover, delay in start up insurance and terrorism cover.


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