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Morgan Sindall wins Colmore Row contract

Morgan Sindall wins Colmore Row contract

Morgan Sindall has been chosen as the preferred bidder for a £30 million redevelopment of the prestigious building at 55 Colmore Row in Birmingham.A Grade Two listed structure, the 19th century banking hall has more recently been the home of law firm Wragge Lawrence Graham and Company.The work will involve adding three extra floors to the top of the building, which will create 16,000 sq ft of A-grade office space, while preserving the ornate Victorian facade. However, the facade will be removed on the Barwick Street side and be replaced with large sheets of glass. There will be space for two restaurants on the ground floor.Morgan Sindall managing director Dave Smith said: "Anyone who has worked in or around Birmingham will be aware of 55 Colmore Row. They may be less familiar, however, with the volume of work that will need to be undertaken to give the building a new lease of life."The complexity of adding new floors to the top of the building, combined with the time-scale in which we are working means that there is significant planning required to ensure we deliver."It is a fantastic and high-profile project to be involved with and I am confident that we will deliver to exactly the standard that IM Properties is seeking for 55 Colmore Row."The team assembled by IM Properties to work on the project  includes AHR Architects, DBK as quantity surveyor and construction design and management regulations co-ordinator, Projex Building Solutions as project manager and employer’s agent, structural engineer Copeland Wedge Associates, and Watkins Payne Partnership as mechanical and electrical Engineer.Explaining his choice of contractors, John Hammond, investment director at IM Properties, said: “55 Colmore Row is a cornerstone in Birmingham’s commercial history and this project requires construction and project management teams of significant confidence and capability.”The project is set to get under way in the autumn of 2016, with a completion date yet to be confirmed. 

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