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HOK gets 10-year stretch at Old Bailey

HOK has been named as part of the team tackling the £36 million, decade-long revamp of the Old Bailey in central London

The practice, which has been signed up to lead the design element of the M+E-led scheme, will report to main contractor Interserve and work alongside consultants Aecom and Parsons Brinkerhoff.

Under the four-phase scheme the Old Bailey, officially known as London’s Central Criminal Court, will undergo a complete overhaul of its plant, lifts and other services.

Despite reports that HOK is remodelling its famous entrance - the setting for numerous TV news reports over the years - a source working on the scheme said the entrance plans currently did not have funding and ‘will not be happening in the near future, if at all.’

The source told AJ: ‘There are 15 planned tasks and a brief [specification] was drawn up but [the entrance scheme] has not been included in the funding and it has not been included in any of the four phases.

‘There will be no architectural impact on the building at all. It is all behind the scenes; the lifts, boilers and mechanical plant are being replaced,’ added the source.

The design phase of the scheme will start this month with the contractors due on site ‘this time next year.’

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