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McLaren to build Dar's Holborn HQ

19 Jun 18 McLaren Construction has been appointed lead contractor to build a new UK headquarters in Holborn for Lebanese consulting engineer Dar Group.

Dar's new UK headquarters at 150 Holborn
Dar's new UK headquarters at 150 Holborn

Demolition contractor John F Hunt will start in August to bring down a 1980s office block at 150 Holborn in London. McLaren is scheduled to start main construction works in December 2018.

Designed by Dar company Perkins & Will, the nine-storey replacement building will provide space for a number of companies under the Dar Group, including Dar, Perkins + Will, Currie & Brown, Elementa, IPA Advisory, Penspen and Maffeis. There will be retail units at street level and 13 apartments in a neighbouring residential block.

150 Holborn’s façade is made up of glass reinforced concrete. Inside will be a central entrance lobby, which includes a street facing café, exhibition and reception space, an atrium with feature staircase and sweeping roof pavilion with roof gardens. The project is targeting BREEAM Outstanding, LEED Platinum and SKA Gold.

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Dar UK managing director Andrew Loudon said: “Our new HQ in Holborn is a demonstration of commitment to the UK and we are excited about work starting on site in a matter of months. We are also very pleased to announce the appointments of McLaren Construction and John F Hunt. We are looking forward to overseeing the project and contributing to this dynamic, exciting and changing area of London. London and the UK is a key area of our business in supporting our global clients and are actively pursuing a number of opportunities to further grow our business.”

McLaren Construction regional managing director David Miller said: “This appointment celebrates the strategic growth for the McLaren London region and we are confident that our strong experience within the commercial sector will result in this project having a very successful outcome for all stakeholders.”

The development is due to complete towards the end of 2020.

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