Central London home of film and TV charity set to be given £20m makeover

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Bam and Northern Ireland-based Gilbert-Ash are among the firms pricing a £20m deal to carry out a major upgrade of the headquarters of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in London’s Piccadilly.

Bam is coming to the end of Argent’s £100m Coal Drops Yard boutique retail development in King’s Cross, designed by Heatherwick Studio, while Gilbert-Ash’s portfolio includes the new £20m Bartlett School of Architecture building in London’s Bloomsbury.

The BAFTA scheme has been drawn up by Benedetti Architects and will involve a comprehensive overhaul of the grade II listed building at 195 Piccadilly.

Others bidding for the prized deal include London firm Knight Harwood which has worked on the Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea and the Royal Academy of Engineering in central London.

The fourth bidder is Willmott Dixon, which is nearing completion on a scheme to overhaul a Victorian theatre at Alexandra Palace in north London, with a winner for the two year contract due to be announced next month.

BAFTA wants the work to allow it to host more learning and new talent events with the redeveloped building enabling it to generate an extra £1m a year in income.

Others working on the scheme include planning consultant DP9, engineer Troup Bywaters + Anders and project management and cost consultant specialist Jackson Coles.