Contractor will work with Bennetts Associates on refurb work

Mace has been appointed to deliver a £21.4m civic office scheme for the London Borough of Bexley.

Mace will work with architects Bennetts Associates on the refurbishment and extension of a vacant 1980s office building for the council.

The contractor will refurbish the 11,000 sq m building and construct a 2,000 sq m extension room.

Mace will also provide furniture, fixtures and equipment and will take responsibility of move management on the project.

Once completed the council will move from its four main office sites to the one building.

The contract was won under the Improvement and Efficiency South East (IESE) framework.

Nick Abbey, Mace IESE framework director, said: “This is an exciting project for Mace and the London Borough of Bexley.

“The team is looking forward to working on a project that will regenerate a locally important and respected building for the community whilst also creating a headquarters that meets all of the Council’s needs and release several valuable sites for new housing and further regeneration.”

Cllr Colin Campbell, deputy council leader of the London Borough of Bexley, said: “We are delighted to have Mace as our main contractor for this important project, which will help stimulate over £100m investment in Bexleyheath town centre.

“Achieving a single location is an important element in our efficiency programme and will help us reduce our running costs by well over £1m a year.

“We will pay for building and its refurbishment by selling our current offices sites around the Borough.”

EC Harris is project manager and Buro Happold is the engineering consultant on the scheme.