HB Reavis plans to knock 1960s Elizabeth House down and rebuild it

Joe Martin

The developer set to rebuild a 1960s office block next door to London’s Waterloo Station has poached a senior project director at Argent to become its new construction director.

Joe Martin starts at Slovakian-based developer HB Reavis this August after more than five years working on Argent’s King’s Cross redevelopment in central London.

Martin (pictured), who spent close to two decades working at Kier, ending up as the firm’s pre-construction director on major projects, will be in charge of HB Reavis’s jobs in the capital.

The firm, which acts as a developer and main contractor, is about to complete an office scheme at 20 Farringdon Street designed by Denton Corker Marshall. The new building has been built opposite Goldman Sachs’ new European headquarters, being constructed by Multiplex.

HB Reavis’s deputy chief executive Radim Rimanek said: “[Martin’s] expertise with projects of large scale and complexity is what we need for our ambitious future developments in London.”

HB Reavis bought the building at Waterloo, called Elizabeth House, last May for £250m and at the end of last year replaced David Chipperfield with new architect AHMM to carry out work. The 945,000 sq ft already comes with planning.

AHMM is the third practice to work on the site this decade, with Chipperfield winning a competition in 2010 after Allies and Morrison’s original Three Sisters proposal bit the dust amid a row about protected views.

HB Reavis is also developing Poland’s largest tower, the 310m tall Varso Place scheme in the country’s capital Warsaw which has been designed by Foster + Partners.

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Revised plans for the Elizabeth House scheme have now been drawn up by AHMM