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Bam drives off with £25m M25 services contract

Bam Construction has won a £25 million contract to build a new service station on the M25.

Extra Motorway Services Group has commissioned the company to deliver the new facility between junctions 9 and 10, near Effingham and Downside, on the site previously known as New Barn Farm.

The 4306 sq m development will feature retail and food outlets, a 75 bedroom hotel with courtyard and lake, around 900 spaces for car, caravan, coach and disabled parking and a 72 space HGV park with associated roads.

The facility is due to open during summer 2012.

Bam construction director Bob Sanders said:  “This is a major transport development in a significant location.

“Bam is extremely pleased to have been chosen by Extra in this single stage tender at a time of strong market competition, and we look forward greatly to forming a strong partnership to deliver facilities that will greatly benefit the lives of Britain’s busy travellers.”

Extra chief executive Andrew Long said the group planned to invest around £77m in the overall project, with this the second major contract to be let.

Balfour Beatty secured the £20m highway works job in June and a further filling station contract will be tendered seperately.

He said:  “Extra is pleased to be working with Bam as one of the main contractors for this substantial development.

“We look forward to the Summer 2012 opening date.”

Devereux Architects are lead designers for the development with Sawyer and Fisher acting as quantity surveyors. Bam Design is currently designing the Hotel Building. BAM Services Engineering provides structural engineering and mechanical and electrical services to parts of the project.

Bam has appointed Antony Nagle as its construction manager.

Mr Nagle led the team who recently delivered the new wing for the Ashmolean Museum in Oxfordshire.

The contractor’s South-east team are also delivering a new Baptist Church in Ruislip, Stanley Park High School and Lower George Street building, both also in Surrey, and Bracknell Health Centre.

Main construction work on the amenity building and the hotel commence in mid-August after highways work started in April.

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