McLaren has announced it has secured a design and build contract worth £40.8m to deliver a new commercial building for Viridis Real Estate in Central London

Designed by AHMM, 119 Farringdon Road will provide 100,000 sq ft (NIFA) of Grade-A office accommodation and retail space.

The project consists of the demolition of an existing building on the plot that was the headquarters of the Guardian Newspaper. The new build will be a 9 storey post tensioned concrete frame clad with precast concrete panels and brick slips bonded to the precast panels. The fit-out is to a CAT A standard to the majority of floor plates with exposed concrete and services. There will be retail and SME space on the ground and lower ground floors. The design includes landscaped terraces for the office accommodation to the west elevation that will enhancing the visual landscape of the area.

David Osborne, Divisional Director, McLaren Construction London said: “It is an absolute privilege to be engaged on a second project with Viridis Real Estate, for their client investor, a true testament to the valued working relationship developed between McLaren and Viridis on the Chancery Lane scheme. Working closely with the Viridis team to deliver this iconic building, designed by AHMM, will be a real pleasure and something that both the McLaren team and me personally are looking forward to.”

This is the second commercial project McLaren Construction has secured with Viridis, on behalf of their client investors, following the 28 Chancery Lane office development which is programmed to complete at the end of the year. The Farringdon Road project started on site in July 2016 and is due to finish Q4 2018.

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