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Matalan confirms preferred contractor for £19m office

Morgan Sindall has confirmed its appointment to a £19m deal to build a new Matalan office building, as revealed by Construction News in February.

The contract with Maro Developments will see a new office built as part of its HQ at the former Petrolite site at Knowsley Industrial Park in Merseyside.

Morgan Sindall will build a new three-storey office block for the clothing and homeware retailer.

Construction News revealed last year that the firm was competing against Bam Construct, Eric Wright Construction and Willmott Dixon for the deal, with the shortlist whittled down to Morgan Sindall and Eric Wright earlier this year.

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The office will be built on a 15-acre site and will provide 132,000 sq ft of fully serviced office facilities. The scheme off Acornfield Road will also include extensive car parking.

Maro Developments director of development Chris Stroud said: “This is an ambitious high-profile project which will have a positive economic impact in the borough of Knowsley and the wider Merseyside region, and we’re looking forward to working with the various project partners to deliver this scheme.”

The project is due to complete in late 2014.

It has been designed to a BREEAM Very Good rating, incorporating sustainable technologies for power, heating and cooling and will also provide opportunities to link into a possible future onsite energy generation facility in a separate building.

The design team is being led by Fletcher Rae Architects.

Morgan Sindall is also working on a £7m project to expand Liverpool Science Park. The project team is currently constructing a new four-storey building named Innovation Centre 3, which will provide 42,000 sq ft of additional office and laboratory space at the site.

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