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Morgan Sindall awarded £65m Covent Garden deal

Morgan Sindall has been awarded a £65 million contract to deliver a six-storey office scheme at Covent Garden by Legal & General Property.

The scheme at 6 Agar Street will see the group deliver more than 5,100 sq m of Grade A office space to be completed by August 2012.

Morgan Sindall regional managing director Peter Jacobs said: “The Agar Street development does enjoy a superb location on the south side of Covent Garden. Central London is a complex area, a host of villages, each with its own identity and Agar Street will offer something new to the West End.

“Morgan Sindall has a wealth of experience in constructing innovative and sustainable commercial office space in a busy urban environment, including the new Botanic House office development in Cambridge, and we are delighted to bring this expertise to such an impressive project.”

Designed by architect Darling Associates, the historic West End office development (formerly the Strand Island building) will be transformed to create an entirely new internal structure, while preserving the listed façades on Chandos Place and Bedford Street.

Its unique design is focused around the building’s core and will feature an open-air central atrium with two levels of landscaped terrace at its base. Illuminated coloured glass fins will also circle the levels above to create a striking visual effect.

Legal & General Property head of development Simon Wilkes said: “Following in the footsteps of Central Saint Giles, this major central London development aims to provide the highest quality of space combined with innovative design. 

“We want to deliver to the market a building that not only complements its existing surroundings and the history of the site, but also provides occupiers with a first-class, illuminating business environment, in the heart of the West End.”

He added: “Furthermore, we expect the design concept of a modern open-air courtyard, sitting behind the historic, traditional façade of the building, will really excite and challenge its future occupiers and their visitors.”

LGP is targeting a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating and Knight Frank and EA Shaw have been appointed as agents for the scheme.

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