Lendlease will oversee refurbishment of three office buildings at what is now known as White City Place – WestWorks, Mediaworks, and Garden House.
Contracts for the three buildings have now been signed with a total value of £80m, and further works are currently being finalised for £7m of landscaping. The developers are Stanhope – a longstanding client of Lendlease’s construction business – together with Mitsui Fudosan and AIMCo.
Lendlease has already provided advice on buildability and logistics. Two of the buildings – MediaWorks and Garden House – were built by Lendlease 12 years ago, while Lendlease has previously carried out work on White City One. Together the three buildings, once refurbished, will offer 56,000 m2 of commercial office space for rent.
Nearly 30 Lendlease construction staff are already on the sites together with 95 subcontractor workers; the number of subcontractors is expected to rise to 550 as the project progresses. The project involves substantial structural alteration, replacement of glass and the restoration of building facades. The project is expected to complete in the third quarter of 2017.
Neil Martin, managing director of Lendlease’s construction business, said: “We’re excited to be working with our longstanding client Stanhope as well as Mitsui Fudosan and AIMCo on White City Place. We worked closely with the team to understand exactly what was required in order to deliver the right results and optimise the return on their investment. We’ve long been involved in major projects in this part of West London.”
Stanhope is also transforming Television Centre into a mixed-use development, with a total of 950 new homes, office space for the creative industries, restaurants and cafes, new studios for the BBC and a hotel.
White City Place coves seven hectares next to the Imperial College campus. Plans for the area include up to 2,500 new homes and more than 180,000 m2 of offices.
Previous Stanhope projects that Lendlease has completed include Central Saint Giles, Chiswick Park, and Paternoster Square. The two companies are also currently working together on Finsbury Circus and Ruskin Square.