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Morgan Sindall starts on £30m Chancery Lane office block

21 Sep 12 Developer Derwent London has awarded Morgan Sindall a £30m contract to build a commercial development on London’s Chancery Lane.

The project includes the demolition of the existing buildings at 40-45 Chancery Lane and the design and construction of a seven-storey office building that will provide 102,000 sq ft net of office space with retail at ground floor.

Work has already started on site to demolish the existing buildings and retain one façade and the development is due to be completed in September 2014.

The development has been designed by architects Bennetts Associatesto incorporate the existing building at Tooks Court around a central courtyard that will be accessible to the public during the day.

Materials for the development will be sustainably sourced, the contractor said, and the building will incorporate a number of features such as green roofs, fair faced concrete, chilled plasterboard ceilings, low energy lighting and presence detection. It is on track to achieve a BREEM Excellent rating.

Peter Jacobs, managing director of Morgan Sindall’s London office, said: “We are very pleased to have been appointed to this ambitious, distinctive scheme by Derwent London, which will deliver flexible Grade A office space in the centre of London’s legal district.

“Our London team has a particular focus on high-quality, sustainable office space and is well versed in delivering projects which blend historic features with state of the art, contemporary workplace environments.”

The project team includes quantity surveyor Davis Langdon, services engineer Arup, structural engineer AKTII and architects Bennetts Associates.

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