Top 10 UK construction projects in 2021

By Dominic Ellis
Glenigan has compiled a list of the top 100 projects by value in the UK...

The cranes are turning once again, as contractors gear up for a post-pandemic boom. With construction project-starts forecast to increase by 17% in 2021, Glenigan has compiled a list of the top 100 to work for in the UK, and here is the top 10.


10: Kings Lynn B
Project Kings Lynn B
Value £600m
Sector Civil utilities
Start date March
The King’s Lynn Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) Power Station Project has a capacity of 382MW. EP UK Investments is now proposing to construct and operate a power station of up to 1,700 MW at the site, including the option of a gas-fired peaking plant of up to 299 MW, according to DWD.
09: Durieshill, Stirling
Project Durieshill, Stirling
Value £650m
Sector Private Housing
Start date October
Stirling Council has approved plans for a new 3,000 ‘supervillage’ to be built between Plean and Bannockburn by Springfield Properties. Alongside new homes and flats will be a 30-bed care home, business park, 15 shops and other commercial units, concentrated around a pedestrianised civic square.
08: Phase 1 Gateway Energy Centre
Project Phase 1 Gateway Energy Centre
Value £680m
Sector Civil utilities
Start date July
InterGen is proposing to develop a modern, flexible 900MW gas-fired power station within the London Gateway Logistics Park, next to the London Gateway Port on the north bank of the River Thames, near Corringham.
07: Northern Estate Programme
Project Northern Estate Programme
Value £800m
Sector Community & amenity
Start date September
The Northern Estate Programme comprises the refurbishment and development of multiple Grade I, II and II* listed buildings in Whitehall that provide office space for the House of Commons. Key buildings include Norman Shaw North and South, 1 Derby Gate, 1 Parliament Street and 1 Canon Row.
06: Dogger Bank A
Project Dogger Bank A
Value £900m
Sector Civil utilities
Start date June
Dogger Bank Wind Farm is an offshore wind farm being developed in three phases – Dogger Bank A, B and C – located between 130-190km from the North East coast of England at their nearest points. Collectively they will become the world’s largest offshore wind farm.
05: HS2 Chiltern & Colne Valley
Project HS2 Chiltern & Colne Valley
Value £965m
Sector Civil infrastructure
Start date January
The Chilterns tunnel is the longest tunnel on the route. The twin-bore tunnel is 10 miles long and will carry passengers under the Chiltern Hills. Two tunnel boring machines, Florence and Cecilia, will be used on this part of the route.
04: Elephant & Castle Town Centre - Phase 2

Project Elephant & Castle Town Centre - Phase 2
Value £1,000m
Sector Retail
Start date May

This redevelopment will create an open-air pedestrianised town centre that brings together education, shops, restaurants and leisure, new homes and workspace as well as a major improvement in public transport. 

03: The Stag Brewery Regeneration
Project The Stag Brewery regeneration
Value £1,250m
Sector Private housing
Start date November
This mixed-use scheme in London encompasses new homes, offices, retail, a school, green public spaces and a better connection to the river Thames.
02: HS2 Northolt Tunnels
Project HS2 Northolt Tunnels
Value £1,400m
Sector Civil infrastructure
Start date September
Northolt tunnel, the second longest tunnel on the Phase One route, will carry passengers from Old Oak Common station 8.4 miles under London to West Ruislip. Four tunnel boring machines will build this section and on completion, they will be extracted at Green Park Way vent shaft.
01: Euston HS2
Project Euston HS2
Sector Civil infrastructure
Value £2,200m
Start date May
On completion, HS2 will more than double the number of seats out of Euston station during peak hours and free up space on the west coast mainline for more local and long distance commuter services to places such as Watford, Northampton and Milton Keynes. Click here

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