Consultant Dar to build new Holborn HQ

Grant Prior 10 months ago
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Dar Group will build a new 185,000 sq ft mixed-used scheme at 150 Holborn in London as the consultant looks to grow its business in the UK.

Planning permission has been granted for the new nine-storey HQ which will replace a current 1980s office block.

The Enquirer understands demolition work will start this summer and main construction by the end of this year or January 2019.

The hunt for a main contractor is currently underway.

The building has been designed to bring a number of the Dar Group companies together under the same roof, including Dar, Perkins + Will, Currie & Brown, Elementa, IPA Advisory, Penspen and Maffeis.

Andrew Loudon, UK MD for Dar, said: “Our new HQ in Holborn is a demonstration of commitment to the UK by Dar.

“We are delighted to be developing our premises in this dynamic, exciting and developing area of London.

“We view London and the UK as a key area of our business in supporting our global clients and are actively pursuing a number of opportunities to further grow our business.

“In addition to growing our business in the UK, we will be focusing on creating local employment opportunities and engaging with the local community to encourage awareness of design and engineering through educational collaboration.”

Perkins + Will, the architects and designers of the building, are targeting a range of sustainability measures for the development, including BREEAM Excellent, LEED Platinum, and SKA Gold.

The office block’s façade uses glass reinforced concrete, which complements similar, concrete materials visible in the area, and the residential building has a matching façade and solid black panels, further ensuring visual continuity.

John Drew of Perkins + Will said: “150 Holborn will act as a significant landmark for Camden and will push the boundaries of sustainable development and design.

“We have worked closely with the London Borough of Camden to ensure that the building fits with the surrounding area, whilst supporting Holborn’s future development and prosperity with a distinctive new design at its heart.”

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