McLaren have been awarded the complete refurbishment and CAT B fit-out of the New Bracken House office building in the City of London for the Obayashi Corporation.

Designed by John Robertson Architects, New Bracken House will provide 270,000 sq ft of Grade-A office accommodation. The project consists of the complete strip out of the building with some portions of the floors on the wings removed to create open courtyards and the external listed wings will be cleaned and refurbished. The fit-out comprises full catering facilities and over 1500 desks in open plan offices as well as audio and video studio suite and live broadcasting capability, including a news room. New MEP services will be installed throughout and a high quality finish to the reception, new toilets and lift lobby areas.

Domonic Egan, Operations Director, McLaren Construction London said:  ‘’The New Bracken House Project is a challenging and exciting addition to our current workload in London and further strengthens McLaren’s credentials as a leading contractor for commercial office buildings including CAT B fit out. We look for forward to working with Obayashi on this landmark scheme and delivering a high quality modern office building.”

New Bracken House is situated at 1 Friday Street in the City of London, next to St Paul’s Cathedral and across the road from 20 Cannon Street, also refurbished by McLaren in 2012. Bracken House was occupied by the Financial Times newspaper until the 1980s, it was partly demolished in 1989 to incorporate the Michael Hopkins glass and steel façade that is evident today.

This is the first commercial project McLaren Construction has secured with Obayashi. The New Bracken House project due to finish Q3 2018. The project aims to achieve a BREEAM ‘Very Good’ rating.