More building work is set to be carried out in London over the coming months, after two contractors were awarded contracts to oversee the creation of separate projects in the heart of the city. Mace has been handed the deal to construct a brand new 39-storey hotel in London's Docklands area, and work is likely to begin on this later in 2013, Construction Enquirer reported. Meanwhile, Skanska has signed a contract to build a 38-storey tower on land next to the Lloyds Building in the middle of the City. It is said that Skanska actually beat a rival bid from Mace to win the second of the two deals, indicating the latter of the two businesses was keen to add both projects to its portfolio. Such schemes are sure to bring construction jobs to London, with both firms likely to deploy staff to the respective sites later this year. The Mace deal will see it construct a hotel on behalf of French group Accor, which is looking to extend its offering to guests in London. It will feature 305 beds and is set to be built on a plot at Marsh Wall on the Isle of Dogs, with the finished structure designed to rise to 127 metres. US insurance giant W R Berkley is said by the news source to be likely to sign a contract soon that will see it take on a new European headquarters. This will be the work of designer Kohn Pedersen Fox, who led the Heron Tower project that also utilised Skanska as a constructor. Some 11,000 sq ft of public space is to be included in the development, with bosses hoping this will boost the existing area around the Willis Building. Projects such as these can go some way to boosting a city in a variety of ways, from the creation and safeguarding of jobs in a number of industries - including construction - to the significant economic boost they are likely to provide.
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