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Bam lands Facebook office in biggest ever contract win

Bam Construction has won the deal to deliver the 11-21 Canal Reach buildings in London’s King’s Cross that will house Facebook’s offices.

The contractor, which recently completed the Coal Drops Yard scheme at King’s Cross, will build the Bennetts Associates-designed buildings that will provide the social network with 415,000 sq ft of floorspace.

It marks the largest contract signed in Bam’s UK history, though its value has not been disclosed. The firm’s biggest previous contract was the £165m Medical Research Council laboratory in Cambridge.

The Canal Reach development comprises two buildings that will aim to achieve BREEAM Outstanding.

One of the offices will top out at 12 storeys at the southern end of the site, reducing to nine storeys towards the north. Bam said the finished scheme would include “impressive roof terraces with views across the city”.

It was announced that Facebook would be moving to the buildings in July, in a move welcomed by mayor of London Sadiq Khan.

The social media giant currently has UK offices in London’s Rathbone Place and Brock Street, and will occupy the P2 building at King’s Cross as well as 11 and 21 Canal Reach.

Bam is on site already delivering an enabling and substructure works package ahead of the main scheme commencing, with the expectation of completing early in 2021.

Construction director Ewen Hunter, who has led on several buildings at King’s Cross, said: “Nothing at King’s Cross is ordinary. Every building is ambitious and the client is constantly pushing what can be achieved for itself and others.

“Our teams embrace the challenge and our integrated model, involving our design and engineering businesses, makes us an ideal fit for the scale and complexity of this big building with a demanding design.”

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