Laing O'Rourke wins contract to build former Royal Mail sorting office scheme in London

Laing O’Rourke has won the contract to regenerate The Post Building in London.

Originally built in the 1960s as a Royal Mail sorting office, the revamped AHMM-designed 320,000 sq ft mixed-use scheme in the Knowledge Quarter will comprise around 270,000 sq ft of offices.

Located on a prominent island block bordered by New Oxford Street, High Holborn and Museum Street, in the West End of the city, the joint venture development by Oxford Properties and Brockton Capital will incorporate one-acre floorplates and private roof terraces to every floor.

Combined with the latest in world-class technology, design and sustainability, the development will also feature a 7,500 sq ft rooftop garden, retail, food and beverage amenities.

In addition, the scheme will incorporate major on-site elements for the public, such as independent and specialty retailers, a doctor's surgery, a public roof space and cafe, as well as 21 south-facing, double-aspect, affordable apartments within steps of Covent Garden.

During the planning process the local council also set out aspirations to improve the public areas around the site. In addition to restoring the building, a new external space will be created with plans to reopen the historic route of Dunn’s Passage.

Liam Cummins, head of UK Construction at Laing O’Rourke said: “We are proud to be working with both Oxford Properties and Brockton Capital on what we think will become an iconic London building. Work has already begun on site and we are looking forward to bringing the client’s vision to fruition.”

The demolition phase has now been completed and Laing O’Rourke has commenced construction of the former Royal Mail sorting office, with the project scheduled to complete in 2018.

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