Wates has won the first stage of the two-stage bid for the 145,000 office project, which is to be built over part of the deck of the Crossrail station box at Paddington.
The project is expected to cost around £70m to build and at 10 storeys high is the smaller of two office blocks planned in the Paddington Central development area.
The other project, known as 5 Kingdom Street, will involve building around 210,000 sq ft and is expected to cost £110m. A contractor has still to be appointed for this larger office scheme, which will consist of a striking west facing curved facade.
A spokesman for British Land said: “Following the conclusion of the first stage of a two stage tender process, Wates has been appointed under a preconstruction services agreement to work up a fixed price lump sum offer pursuant to entering into contract for the construction of 4 Kingdom Street.”
British Lands will use the job to pilot the Government’s Soft Landings methodology to ensure a building’s design and construction delivers a fully operational building that performs to client expectations.