BAM partners with IM Group to deliver new HQ in Birmingham
Hemel Hempstead, 4 June 2018 - Midlands based IM Group has appointed BAM Construction to deliver its new £30 million corporate headquarters building in Solihull, which will bring in excess of 250 jobs to the area. The purpose-built, state of the art campus including offices and a training academy will house the IM Group of companies including IM Properties, Spitfire Bespoke Homes, International Motors, Isuzu UK and Subaru UK.
BAM has a history of working with IM Properties on its existing Fore Business Park, where the new offices will be based. This is also the location of BAM’s regional construction team. IM Properties is one of the UK's largest privately owned property companies, with circa £900 million of property owned and under management within the UK, Europe and the USA.
BAM will create an open-plan, two and a half storey main office building, with large external terraces to serve the café and gymnasium. Aside the main HQ sits various other buildings creating the campus, including a smaller building acting as HQ for IM’s charity Christian Vision, and a gatehouse building, which float over a pond, plus further ancillary ones which will service its car distribution business and training facility.
David Hartley, who worked on the tender and for BAM and who will project manage the scheme which is now starting on site, says: ‘This is a very high specification development. During the tender discussions the client gave us a sense of their ambition, which is for a very impressive structure both externally and internally. We were keen to secure the contract given its proximity to our own offices. We will be working with Webb Grey architects again, with whom we created Tata Technologies new HQ at Leamington Spa recently and Calthorpe House in central Birmingham.’
IM’s current land in Coleshill has been compulsorily purchased to makes way for the HS2 high speed line.
David Hartley adds: ‘Given the campus feel, there’s a significant landscaping element to this scheme, with feature ponds, large swales, high specification external furniture and multiple bespoke six-metre high corten sculptures.’
Tim Wooldridge, IM Properties’ managing director, added: ‘We are pleased to be working with BAM as a tried and trusted partner and we are confident the team will work well with our in-house project delivery team to create our ambitious designs for the new HQ.’
The building – with its associated fit-out also being delivered by BAM – will be completed next summer (2019).
BAM’s current portfolio in the city includes One and Two Chamberlain Square and the massive Three Snowhill development. The company is behind several schools and also a major retirement village in Wood Norton, Worcestershire.
Further information: Mark Slattery, Press and Media Manager, BAM Construct UK Ltd, 01442 238415.