One firm will build frames for both the BBC’s and Sadler’s Wells’ new east London bases

Contractors have been put on notice for the next wave of work at the £1.1bn development of Stratford Waterfront in east London.

The London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) has started the search for a specialist to build the frames of the BBC’s and Sadler’s Wells’ new homes in the East Bank development, which is part of the wider Stratford Waterfront culture and education development at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. 

BBC - East Bank

The £22m deal will see one contractor carry out the frame works for the two buildings under a single contract.

The new Sadler’s Wells theatre has been designed by Irish architect O’Donnell + Tuomey, while Allies and Morrison is behind the BBC’s new studio.

The successful contractor will be responsible for building the structural cores, external and internal public lift cores, structural frame, as well as plant rooms and areas.

It will also build roofs and hub terraces, block work, builders’ work and fire protection, staircases and ramps and public realm structures.

The frame design for both buildings is predominantly reinforced concrete but there is also a steel element, as large steel trusses will be required to carry spanning floors and roofs.

The LLDC is planning on shortlisting five firms, with interested companies having until 11 March to register their interest in the project.

The shortlisted bidders are expected to be notified by 21 May, while the contract is expected to run for 16 months.

The work is the latest opportunity to emerge at the East Bank development, with the LLDC already gearing up concrete and steel frame contractors for an £8m deal to carry out work on the new V&A East scheme last December.

The entire Stratford Waterfront development is being managed by Mace.

Sadler's Wells - East Bank