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Restart for £65m Bath House office

Four contractors have returned tenders for the long-stalled Bath House office development on Holborn Viaduct in central London.

Balfour Beatty, Bam, Skanska and Sir Robert McAlpine submitted their bids earlier this month, nearly four years after the scheme was initially awarded planning.

Developer Favermead put the £65 million job on hold during the financial crash in 2008 but announced plans to restart the scheme last year.

The new design, by Kohn Pedersen Fox, incorporates an undulating facade with twisted fins.

Speaking last year at the unveiling of the new design, KPF principal John Bushell said:  “The scheme’s ‘return’ is a response to the current commercial office market in London, particularly the need for high specification, sustainable and flexible offices spaces which can be adapted to accommodate multiple tenants.”

Davis Langdon is acting as quantity surveyor and Ramboll has been appointed structural consultant.

H Smith Engineers was appointed to demolish the existing building at 52-60 Holborn Viaduct in September 2007.

The scheme incorporates a new Gate House to be built on the North-east corner of Farringdon Road, using traditional materials.

A contract award is expected in December and the project is due for completion in the second quarter of 2013.

The eight-storey 220,000 sq ft building will comprise luxury offices with car parking, high-end retail and leisure facilities and is expected to achieve a BREEAM excellent rating.

Skanska has already completed some jobs on the site after being appointed to carry out enabling works.

The scheme is one of a number which have been revived in recent months, despite the ongoing economic turmoil.

Great Portland Estates’ long stalled residential and retail development on Blackfriars Road is also understood to be restarting. 

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