Middlesbrough’s Boho X scheme adds to BAM’s booming north east portfolio as it returns to the city’s digital quarter

29 January 2021 08:37 - BAM Construct UK Ltd
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Hemel Hempstead, 29 January 2021 - BAM Construction is to return to Middlesborough’s digital zone after being asked by Middlesbrough Council to create the new Boho X building. BAM will initially operate under a pre-construction services agreement working closely with the developer, Beijing Construction Engineering Group.

Boho X is a circa £20 million office scheme that which will allow the region’s digital sector to grow. Plans have now been submitted to Middlesbrough Council planning department and BAM’s involvement comes via the Procure Partnerships Framework. Tees Valley Combined Authority is funding the project with the support of the Middlesbrough Council and its Mayor, Andy Preston.

BAM Construction has been assisting the development of the new scheme which fits-in with a wider Boho masterplan to transform Middlesbrough's historic heart.

Tony Fitzgerald, construction director for BAM in the North East, said: ‘We have been helping Middlesborough develop and price the stage two design, and now designs are settled we look forward to being able to bring our market leading skills and experience to this exciting scheme. Boho X has been designed with sustainability at its heart, maximising the use of renewable technologies, envisaging a significant reduction in carbon emissions and creating leading wellbeing facilities including a swimming pool and gym. Our ability to integrate development, design, construction and managing facilities gives us market-leading capabilities to deliver highly sustainable buildings and - given the significance of this scheme - it enables us to be leaders in digital construction. The whole life knowledge and data we benefit from informs continuous learning and improvement. It will be very satisfying for us to deliver a transformative digital legacy in the area.’

BAM’s involvement in Middlesbrough’s Digital Quarter, locally known as Boho – The Digital City – dates back to 2009 when it established the first Boho Digital Enterprise Centre, followed in 2011 by Tuned In at My Place in Redcar, a state-of-the-art media and arts facility for the young people of Redcar and Cleveland, part of the town’s ongoing wider regeneration.

BAM is currently behind the new Regent Cinema in Redcar and the new Northern School of Art in Middlesbrough, both of which are progressing rapidly on site. It has recently put the finishing touches to the new High Tunstall College of Science in Hartlepool.

Tony Fitzgerald added: ‘As a well-established contractor in the area we bring local skills, local sub-contractors and create local jobs, and use local apprentices to return a great deal of the investment to the people who live and work here. Being good neighbours is very important to us.’

BAM’s track record in Middlesbrough also includes three buildings for Teesside University: The Curve, the Institute of Digital innovation and its Centre for Creative Technology.

Further information: Mark SlatteryPress and Media Manager, BAM Construct UK Ltd, 01442 238415.