We reported in August that Laing O’Rourke had been selected as preferred bidder for the project. With the contract now signed, it will start work in early 2016 and is expected to complete in the first half of 2019.
The scheme will see the creation of a new 16-storey office building at 55-65 North Wharf Road in London W2, with two additional basement levels and two large roof terraces .
The Brunel Building will comprise 240,000 sq ft of offices fronting the Grand Union Canal opposite Paddington station. The Fletcher Priest designed building will have an innovative external diagrid structure, which will enable column-free internal areas and will have two large roof terraces on the upper floors. The entrance faces onto the canal alongside a new public realm which will be created on the waterside.
Derwent London director Paul Williams said: “We are very pleased to be working with Laing O’Rourke and very excited by the prospects for the Brunel Building. The development not only creates high quality office space it will also significantly add to the vibrancy of the area, which is enjoying significant regeneration ahead of the opening of Crossrail in 2018.”
Laing O’Rourke managing director Paul Sheffield said: “The project is one that requires complex engineering, supported by our in-house capabilities along with a fully integrated supply chain. The exposed high quality concrete features of this fantastic building will be delivered using a blend of traditional construction and off-site manufacturing.”