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McLaren lands deal for Lebanese consultant's London HQ

McLaren has won the deal to build a major mixed-use development in central London for international consultancy the Dar Group.

The contractor was chosen by the Lebanon-based Dar Group to build the 185,000 sq ft 150 Holborn development, which will also be used as Dar’s UK headquarters.

The nine-storey scheme will replace an existing 1980s office block on the site and incorporate offices, ground-floor retail units and a residential block comprising 13 apartments.

John F Hunt has been picked to carry out the demolition of the old block and will begin work in August.

McLaren is scheduled to commence main construction in December this year, with work expected to complete in late 2020.

The Dar Group is an international professional services firm with 18,600 staff worldwide. Its 14 subsidiaries include consultants Currie & Brown, global architecture firm Will + Perkins and the R&H Railway Consultants Group.

In 2016 it further expanded the company when Currie & Brown bought Sweett Group in a deal worth £29m.

The design of the Midtown development by Will + Perkins includes a street-facing cafe, atrium with feature staircase, a roof terrace and gardens.

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.

“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.”

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