Contracts totalling approximately £10 million have been won by Kvaerner Construction in Scotland, the North-East and London.
At Hamilton International Technology Park, Kvaerner is embarking on the design and construction of three industrial units for property developer Akeler (Scotland) Ltd. Valued at over £3 million, the contract, which is due for completion in December, comprises some 90,000 speculative sq. ft of high technology industrial space, incorporating generous office accommodation on two-levels and associated service areas and roads.
At Middlesbrough, a fast-track project has been awarded by University of Teesside, requiring extensive refurbishment of the Clarendon Building, plus construction of a new three-storey link building. While the academic building is refurbished on two floors, including all mechanical and electrical services, the new structure will link it with the Old Library, providing extra floorspace and atrium areas. Having moved onto the main campus last month, Kvaerner will be working round the clock during the summer break to complete the £4 million project in time for the start of term in September.
Finally, in London, Kvaerner is returning to extend a City landmark building which it constructed more than 20 years ago near Cannon Street Station. It is carrying out over £2 million of new construction at the base of 80 Cannon Street, while the eight floors of offices above remain occupied. The company built the distinctive high-rise structure, with its external latticed structural framework of stainless steel, in 1976. Now it is returning to build three further storeys within the 11 metre-high plaza area at the base, which has remained unused until now.
The new work for Greycoat plc consists of a two-storey retail unit and offices on a third level above. The retail shell and core is scheduled to be handed over in November, and the remainder of the new construction next spring. While the building work is under way, Kvaerner is also carrying out cleaning and refurbishment to the building’s existing curtain-wall facades.
The contractor is once again teaming up with Arup Associates, which designed the original building and is providing professional services for the current work.
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