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Derwent appoints McLaren for £9.4m London residential scheme

Derwent has appointed McLaren Construction to build its £9.4m residential scheme at 96-98 Bishops Bridge Road, Construction News has learned.

The 29,579 sq ft residential development at Queens, 96-98 Bishops Bridge Road in London W2 is already under construction.

The former Queens Cinema building is located at the corner of Bishops Bridge Road and Queensway in Bayswater and planning permission was awarded for the scheme in February 2012.

Construction has commenced following the completion of the existing cinema building behind the retained 1932 façade, which is an example of the typical cinema architecture for the period and will be renovated.

McLaren will construct a five-storey building including a ground floor for two A1 retail units with parking for residents, three upper floors, and a fourth floor for a set-back penthouse. 

Designed by architect Stiff & Trevillion, the development will feature 16 high-specification luxury apartments, including a penthouse. McLaren has also been appointed for the internal fit-out and Veretec has been contracted by McLaren as the delivery architect.

McLaren Construction managing director Phil Pringle said: “This marks a further step for McLaren in the development of the premium private residential sector. 

“Following on from the successful completion of seven luxury apartments in Portland Place, London W1, we have continued to secure prime residential schemes and are delighted to be working with Derwent London on the conversion of this historic building.”

Derwent London head of development Richard Baldwin said the developer would be “working closely with McLaren and the team to produce the quality finish that we have come to expect from all our contractors”.

The project is due for completion in the autumn of 2014.

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