BAM gets start date for maritime map office HQ

Aaron Morby 7 years ago
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BAM Construction has gained planning for a new headquarters building for the UK Hydrographic Office at its existing site in Taunton.

Construction work can now start on the UKHO building next April.  The UKHO, which produces maps and charts for the Royal Navy and merchant shipping, will continue to operate from its current buildings until moving into the new office, which is planned for 2019.

Costs associated with the new office, which will be built on the existing large car parking site, will be met by the UKHO from business receipts as a self-funding agency.

The existing estate consists of 14 separate buildings which are between 45 and 75 years old.

These will be demolished once the new building is ready in 2019 and land at the front of the site will be sold for around 100 homes.

UK hydrographic office interior

The 120,000 sq ft offices will be built to achieve a BREEM excellent rating

Chief Executive John Humphrey said “This is great news for the UKHO in Taunton. As well as bringing cost efficiency, the new building will deliver up-to-date technology and working conditions that will enable us to sustain a long-term future as a data-centric organisation.”

“We value the continued support of Taunton Deane Borough Council as we create a modern working environment to be proud of and that will help us attract and retain staff as a major employer in the area.”

UK Hydrographic HQ

Two long building wings will be joined by a large glazed atrium

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