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McLaren wins £41m deal to redevelop old Guardian HQ

5 Sep 16 McLaren Construction has won a £40.8m design and build contract for a commercial development in London’s Farringdon Road.

The new development. (Image by Forbes Massie.)
The new development. (Image by Forbes Massie.)

McLaren will build a new nine-storey building on the site of the former offices of The Guardian newspaper for Viridis Real Estate.

The new building at 119 Farringdon Road has been designed by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) and will provide 9,300 m2 (100,000 sq ft) of office accommodation and retail space.

First stage of the project is demolition of the existing building in which Guardian journalists worked until 2008. The replacement will be a nine-storey post-tensioned concrete frame clad with precast concrete panels and brick slips bonded to the precast panels.

This is the second commercial project that McLaren Construction has secured with Viridis, on behalf of its client investors, following the 28 Chancery Lane office development that is programmed to complete at the end of 2016.

The Farringdon Road project started on site in July 2016 and is due to finish in the fourth quarter of 2018.

McLaren Construction London divisional director David Osborne said: “It is an absolute privilege to be engaged on a second project with Viridis Real Estate, for their client investor, a true testament to the valued working relationship developed between McLaren and Viridis on the Chancery Lane scheme. Working closely with the Viridis team to deliver this iconic building, designed by AHMM, will be a real pleasure and something that both the McLaren team and me personally are looking forward to.”

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