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Laing O'Rourke wins £40m Arup offices


LAING O'Rourke is continuing to sweep all before it after bagging a £40 million deal to build a headquarters for consultant Arup in central London.

The firm, along with HBG, Sir Robert McAlpine and Skanska, made the shortlist to build the offices on Howland Street, near Goodge Street.

But a rival firm revealed that Laing O'Rourke has been appointed as preferred bidder.

The deal is to build the second and third phase of the new headquarters, which will extend the first phase ? completed by Interior, now InteriorExterior, in October 2003. The land and two 1960s tower blocks that currently occupy the site are owned by listed property firm LMS. The buildings will be demolished to make way for the Arup offices.

The 6,500 sq m development has been designed by architect Sheppard Robson. It will be six storeys tall and will include a cafe, library and exhibition space.

Work is due to start over the next few months. Completion of phase two is expected in autumn next year and phase three is pencilled in for completion in summer 2009.