UK Hydrographic Office appoints a contractor for its new office building

Plans for the UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) new office building have taken a major step forward with the appointment of BAM Construction as the Main Contractor for the project.

BAM has significant experience of similar projects, in particular at the University of the West of England in Bristol and Cornwall Council Offices in Bodmin. They have strong presence within the South West of England which is evidenced by local apprenticeship schemes and an extensive local supply chain.

Chief Executive John Humphrey said: ‘The redevelopment of UKHO’s Admiralty Way site will see the construction of a new environmentally friendly office to create a modern, collaborative working environment. As well as bringing cost efficiency, the new building will deliver up-to-date technology and working conditions to enable UKHO to sustain a long-term future as a data-centric organisation.’

Craig Allen, BAM Construction Director added: ‘BAM is thrilled to be given the opportunity to work in collaboration with the UKHO team. We look forward to bringing their vision for future operations to life by delivering a building that will support its work in the digital age.’

Progress on the project will now continue through the design stages with the Design Team, Cost Consultants and Main Contractor before seeking Planning determination later this year. Costs associated with the new office will be met by the UKHO from business receipts as a self-funding agency.

The UKHO will continue to operate from its current buildings until moving into the new office which is planned for 2019. Existing buildings will then be demolished and the land at the front of the site sold for redevelopment.