It is commited to employing local SMEs on the project, with spend focused within a 15-mile radius of Wolverhampton. Balfour Beatty will also work with the local university to provide work experience and placements for students.
The work is part of a £139m project to rejuvenate the city centre. Balfour Beatty will work with Wolverhampton City Council’s partner, Neptune Developments, to complete construction of the shell and core of the four-floor development, known as Block 10, which will comprise a ground floor of six retail units and three upper levels of office space.
The project is intended to become the most energy-efficient building in Wolverhampton, aiming to achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating for sustainability. An energy-efficient glazing system will maximise energy retention, exceeding the standard energy efficiency requirements by 20%. The mechanical and electrical package has also been designed to be energy-efficient.
Building information modelling (BIM) has already been used in the design stage and its use will continue to enable coordination of the installation of the mechanical and electrical services and steelwork.
Work will start on site in September and the project will be completed in just over a year.