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Interior hits big time with £40m BBC role

CONTRACTS: BIRMINGHAM

INTERIOR has landed a lucrative £40 million deal to fit out the BBC's new Midlands headquarters.

The company took the contract at the city's Mailbox development in Birmingham last week after winning a ratings war against rival bidders Amec, Sir Robert McAlpine and Bovis Lend Lease.

One rival bidder commented: 'It was a tricky tender for what will be a very elaborate and technical fit out. We gather that Interior put together a pretty sharp presentation.'

The deal will involve fitting out two storeys of the Mailbox to provide radio studios and offices for the corporation when it moves from its current Pebble Mill home.

The complex work will present Interior with technical challenges including splitting the two storeys into four levels with mezzanine flooring, which will hang from the ceiling.

The firm will move in to begin the Mailbox job when main contractor Carillion has completed defects work on the conversion of the former Royal Mail sorting office. Work should be under way by September and must be completed by August 2002 - the BBC's target date for the relocation. Some 600 BBC staff will be transferred to the building, joining other highprofile occupiers such as Railtrack.

The 10,000 sq m project will also comprise offices, public spaces and workshops. The package includes CCTV installation and service engineering.

The Building Design Partnership is the scheme's architect and structural engineer Frost Associates is QS on the project.