Balfour Beatty has secured an £87m St James’s Market contract in London.
Forming a part of the commercial redevelopment for the Crown Estate and Oxford Properties, the new development will provide 260,000ft² of new commercial and retail space across two eight-storey blocks between Regent Street and Haymarket.
As part of the contract, the heritage façade of the first block at the Regent Street will be repaired.
Situated near Haymarket, the second block will feature an aesthetic curved glass and a Portland Stone wall, which will be installed in 4m x 3m sections using a tower crane.
To provide an improved public realm experience and to complement Westminster City Council and Transport for London’s public realm improvement programme, a new 10,000ft² piazza including new seating, planters and wall mounted lighting will also be created as part of the scheme.
Ensuring safety and efficient delivery of construction activity, 4D Building Information Modelling (BIM) technology will be utilised to create a virtual environment to check potential risks and disruption to the public and other stakeholders.
Off-site manufacturing will be used to provide modular mechanical and electrical services, which in turn will save time, improve safety and reduce the overall construction programme.
Work will begin on site in the third quarter of 2013 and will be completed in mid-2015.
Image: The new development will provide 260,000ft² of new commercial and retail space across two eight-storey blocks. Photo: Courtesy of Balfour Beatty.