Seaforth appoints BAM for major £110 million refurbishment of Covent Garden landmark building Space House
(Press release Seaforth:) London, 18 January 2022 - London based real estate developer, Seaforth, has signed a contract with BAM Construction to deliver the £110 million refurbishment of Space House, a landmark Grade II listed building set across two interconnected buildings in Covent Garden.
Designed by Richard Seifert & Partners, Space House was completed in 1968 and is well known for its innovative architecture and brutalist concrete cruciform façade. The building was first occupied by the Civil Aviation Authority and will now be brought back to life with an extensive redevelopment to deliver a highly sustainable, smart building designed to BREEAM Outstanding.
Squire and Partners has led the redesign of the buildings which will include the construction of two new floors of office accommodation on top of the existing 15 storey tower, a top floor extension to the interconnected eight storey block and reconfiguration of the internal cores and basement levels.
Chris Railston-Brown, Development Director, Seaforth, said: ‘We are delighted to announce the appointment of BAM Construction to deliver Space House. BAM Construction and the consultant team have worked tirelessly to ensure the reinvented Space House will turn from vision to reality. This is a great step forward for the Central London office market and reinforces our commitment to delivering exciting new spaces and opportunities. Space House will offer market leading and sustainable office space in Central London, and we are looking forward to working with the BAM Construction team to bring Space House to life.’
The project will extensively refurbish both buildings to create 255,000sqft of market leading Grade A office space. Space House will offer extensive public realm improvements and the replacement of existing car parking spaces with London’s highest-provisioned cycle centre. New public, retail and event spaces will also be created for the basement and ground floor levels.
Enabling works are underway and main construction work is scheduled to begin in April 2022, with a planned completion for Q3 2023.
Rod Stiles, Regional Director, BAM Construction London, said: ‘This is the first time we have worked with Seaforth and we are delighted to have been chosen to deliver the exciting refurbishment of this iconic building. We will ensure that quality and sustainability is at the heart of this scheme that will establish Space House as the first-Grade II Listed refurbishments to be awarded a BREEAM Outstanding certification. As with all our projects, and alongside Seaforth, we will look to ensure that this landmark scheme delivers wider social value to the local area and we are working with the surrounding community to identify opportunities to support local initiatives and programmes.’
More information relating to the project can be found at www.spacehouse.london.
Seaforth has established themselves as Central London’s innovative new developer of experiential offices. They currently have over 400,000sqft at various stages of development in Covent Garden, Soho, Farringdon, and Spitalfields. The business was established in 2016 by CEO, Tyler Goodwin and built on a foundation of employee profit partnership designed to attract and retain the industry’s best talent while delivering full alignment to Seaforth’s institutional JV partners.
BAM Construction’s London team has proven itself a market leader in modern commercial buildings creating headquarters for several blue-chip clients at the redevelopment of Kings Cross and signature buildings such as the new Metropolitan Police HQ. Its pioneering use of digital technology drives its collaborative approach, being able to integrate engineering and design and facilities management into its client-focused buildings. BAM’s focus on pre-construction has led to an outstanding record of smooth delivery and enhanced its problem-solving capability.