BAM Construction to build East Ham customer service centre
BAM Construction has won the right to build a library and customer service centre for Newham Council in east London. The firm will work with architects Rick Mather on the £12 million facility in East Ham, which is due to be completed in autumn 2013. It is part of a wider regeneration scheme costing £20.8 million that will also see Grade II-listed buildings such as East Ham Town Hall refurbished and a disused building once occupied by a technical college used as office space. Planning approval for changes to the listed buildings has already been granted following consultation with English Heritage and construction director Andy Mason said the company is "delighted" to be involved in the scheme. "We look forward to creating some excellent facilities for council staff and local residents," he remarked. Preliminary work for the new building is already underway and construction is set to begin early next month. "A great deal of work was required from all parties to make this scheme a reality," Mr Mason added. BAM has previously worked with Rick Mather on the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology in Oxfordshire and the construction firm has completed a wide range of work in the capital, including a new £90 million wing at Great Ormond Street Hospital and the Chobham Academy in Stratford. The project is the second to be secured by BAM in recent weeks, as earlier in the month it was confirmed as the contractor for a multimillion-pound campus at Bradford College. It will be responsible for the second phase of the college's Accommodation Strategy and build a new six-storey building for use by students. It is scheduled for completion in September 2014 and BAM has pledged to use as many local suppliers as possible in order to create jobs and stimulate the local economy.
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