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InteriorExterior battles with Sisk for office deal

CONTRACTS CENTRAL LONDON

TWO TEAMS are locking horns to win a £20 million refurbishment and extension project in central London.

InteriorExterior is up against Sisk for the deal from property developer Great Portland Estates.

The project on Mortimer Street in Soho will see the developer extend the existing building by five f loors to make way for a 90,000 sqm area for office and residential use.

The mixed-used development is located near Middlesex Hospital.

Designed by Hertfordshire firm Archer Architects, the scheme will feature a fivestorey extension to the office block, which was previously home to fashion company French Connection.

Next to the office is an historical building which will be converted into residential apartments as part of the development.

One bidder said: 'This is a prestigious project which we are very keen to win. We are expecting to hear from the client after Easter.'

Planning permission for the Knighton House site was granted by Westminster City Council in January. Demolition work is currently underway and John F Hunt hopes to finish the initial works by July.

A main contract award is due in the next few weeks and work is due to start once Hunt completes work.

Portland Estates is also behind a new office scheme in Tooley Street, close to London Bridge railway station. Laing O'Rourke won the £50 million contract back in January.