Proposals by Piercy & Company would double size of space at existing 1980s block

Three firms are in the running for one of the last major schemes in British Land’s ongoing redevelopment of the Broadgate campus in the City of London.

But the developer’s go-to builder for previous work at the site has not made the final cut for the latest proposals.

Sir Robert McAlpine has worked on four schemes under the 10 year Broadgate Framework, which it signed in 2015, including 100 Liverpool Street, 135 Bishopsgate and 1 Broadgate.

McAlpine is already on site with AHMM’s 1 Broadgate, worth around £300m, and is expected to start on site later this year with a tower at 2 Finsbury Avenue designed by Danish practice 3XN.

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Source: Piercy & Co

Piercy & Co’s 1 Appold Street proposals

It was sounded out about the latest job but Building understands the firm has missed out on the deal called 1 Appold Street.

The three now in the running are Lendlease, Skanska and Multiplex. A fifth firm, Mace, also looked at the job.

Building understands the developer wanted to give other firms a chance to pitch for the job rather than negotiate exclusively with McAlpine.

It is understood the job has a construction value of around £220m with a PCSA award due to be made towards the end of the year.

Designed by Piercy & Company, the work will involve retaining 75% of the existing 1980s office building, stripping it back to its core and extending it upwards by five floors to make 13 storeys.

As well as adding extra storeys to the current structure, the practice’s plans extend the building’s floorplates closer to the site perimeter. Under the proposals, balconies would be provided on the new building’s eastern façade and there would also be a rooftop pavilion and terrace.

British Land’s team includes project manager Opera, quantity surveyor Core 5, AKTII as structural and façade engineer and DSDHA as landscape architect.

The current building was designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and backs on to the grade II-listed Liverpool Street Station shed and the Exchange Square outdoor area. This includes another 1980s office building, One Exchange Square, also designed by SOM, that is also due for a £200m makeover by Multiplex for investor developer LaSalle under plans drawn up by Fletcher Priest.