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BAM Construct lands Imperial Tobacco headquarters contract

BAM Construction has been appointed to build a new four-storey corporate headquarters for Imperial Tobacco in Bristol.

The new building will replace existing factory units and BAM will be working to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating as part of the contract for which the value has not been disclosed but is believed to be worth between £15million and £20m.

BAM construction director Nick Goff said: “The market in the South-west is extremely competitive and Imperial Tobacco has impressive plans for its new headquarters.

“Those two factors emphasise the significance of this success to us at BAM. Our track record shows we are equally successful in the commercial sector, especially with highly sustainable projects, as we are in the public sector with schools and hospitals.”

A spokesman for Imperial Tobacco said the net cost for the new building would be £12m but that figure included the sale of existing sites at Southville and Slough by the company. He added the company was not revealing the total cost of the building work due to commercial sensitivities.

Bristol-based Eagle Land will be acting as project managers for Imperial Tobacco, CB Richard Ellis are the employer’s agent and Gardiner and Theobald will act as cost consultants.

The designers include Bristol-based architects AWW, structural engineers Fairhurst and Hoare Lea for the Mechanical and Electrical services.

Imperial Tobacco special projects director Ken Hill said: “We are delighted that BAM have been selected to join the great team that will deliver a modern head office that will support the demands of our growing international business, at one South Bristol location.”

Demolition work has already started at the site and construction work for the headquarters will commence in September.

The four-storey concrete-framed building will have a zinc-clad façade, and extensive glazing and curtain walling.

Sited on Winterstoke Road on land owned by Imperial Tobacco, adjacent to an operational rail line and close to other businesses, the new building will utilise a wide range of natural materials across its 83,000 plus square feet.

BAM Construct has delivered corporate headquarters for Severn Trent Water plc, BAE Systems, Network Rail, and the Co-Operative Group and has selected Ross Cameron as its project manager, fresh from delivering the group’s work on the University of Exeter’s business school.

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