The latest contract award is the £5m refurbishment of the listed 19th Century German Gymnasium within the central London development. BAM has been appointed on a preconstruction services agreement to undertake surveys and investigation works on the site.
Just opposite the entrance to St Pancras station, the German Gymnasium was the UK’s first purpose-built gymnasium. These days it is an events space. It is now to be converted into a restaurant.
Detailed preliminary investigations are needed because of the building’s heritage status. Built in 1864 to 1865 for the German Gymnastic Society, it is a rare example of the use of laminated roof trusses. Architect Allies & Morrison has designed the conversion project, which Argent wants completed by Easter 2015.
BAM Construction has worked extensively on the King’s Cross development, including: University of the Arts, London; Three Pancras Square; and the Western Transit Shed, which it converted into offices.