BAM starts £22m office refurb in Holborn

Grant Prior 11 years ago

BAM Construction has started enabling works after winning a £22m commercial office refurbishment in the heart of London’s Midtown area.

The firm beat-off competition from Sir Robert McAlpine, Kier and Galliford Try to win the job.

Africa House, at 64 – 78 Kingsway, is a development by Daejan Investments located close to Holborn tube station and close to Lincolns Inn Fields and the Royal Courts of Justice.

The Grade II listed building was erected in 1921 and is receiving its most substantial refurbishment since then to upgrade it to Breeam ‘Excellent’ and increase its gross floor area to 15,600 square metres.

The works will be carried out around existing major retail tenants Ladbrokes and Wetherspoons who will continue to trade.

Mike O’Donohoe, Construction Manager for BAM in London, said: ‘The building will be stripped entirely apart from the listed areas.

“The rear wall will be partly demolished and the upper floor plates will be extended. The roof will be demolished and a new storey added.

‘The core and existing light well will also be demolished to provide a new glazed atrium including scenic lifts.

“New services, finishings, fixtures, fittings and toilets will be provided throughout. All existing windows will be replaced. Existing stone elevations will be repaired and cleaned. A live electrical substation within the basement will be maintained throughout the programme.”

BAM has appointed Kevin Sims as the project manager leading the construction teams.

His previous projects include 10 Old Burlington Street in Mayfair and 100 Cannon Street in the City of London.

Parsons Brinckerhoff are the client’s project managers and contract administrator.

Other parties include: QS – Barrie Tankel Partnership; architects – JM Architects; services engineer – Watkins Payne Partnership; structural engineer – Taylor Whalley Spyra; CDM Co-Ordinator – CDM Safety Services.

The job is due for completion in early autumn 2012.

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