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AHMM seizes Shoreditch Estate role in latest London calling

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British Land has appointed AHMM to work on a 30,000m² office and housing redevelopment at the heart of London’s telecoms, media and technology (TMT) hub

The prized job in Shoreditch follows a clutch of prestigious contracts the company has won in the capital in recent recently, including the new Google headquarters at King’s Cross, the former Guardian HQ in Farringdon and the overhaul of BBC Television Centre.

The estate comprises three sites covering two acres fronting onto Shoreditch High Street and Norton Folgate immediately to the north of Spitalfields and the core City of London market.

It is understood the plots have potential for around 30,000m² office, retail and residential accommodation in a mix of new, retained and refurbished buildings.

British Land, which won a developer-led auction to land the estate in May, will develop the scheme to appeal to established TMT occupiers seeking ‘highly specified, character offices’. The project is close to the new Liverpool Street Crossrail station which is set to open in 2018.

The developer appointed burgeoning practice AHMM, which now boasts a 250-strong workforce, to bring a ‘sensitive and collaborative approach’ to the development, which lies at the heart of the Elder Street Conservation Area.

British Land has now entered into an option agreement with The City of London Corporation and will finalise a development agreement subject to securing revised planning consent on the sites. Following practical completion British Land will acquire a long leasehold interest in the sites.

In addition to recent wins on the Google HQ, Guardian buildings and BBC Television Centre AHMM gained approval in February for its Willesden Green Cultural Centre redevelopment in Brent, north London. The scheme will replace the existing 1980s library with a ‘community landmark’ and incldues around 90 flats.

In June the AJ100 Practice of the Year was appointed to develop a 20 hectare ‘innovation quarter’ in London’s Royal Docks designed in conjunction with Arup, and in May won planning for its proposed overhaul of the Tower Bridge Business Complex in Bermondsey. Originally a biscuit factory, the complex will be transformed into 800 new homes along with more than 7,000m2 of new commercial space.

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