£100m pipeline of work for BAM as construction market improves

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BAM Construction has won over £100m of work in Yorkshire as the region’s construction industry gathers momentum following an upturn in the property market.

The company has won contracts for five separate developments across the region.

BAM is to build a £25m replacement facility for Airedale International whose factory in Leeds was partially destroyed by fire last year.

The manufacturer, which develops specialist cooling systems predominately for the data centre industry, is currently working from alternative premises in the city while the demolition and rebuild programme takes place. 
BAM said the footprint will be broadly similar to the original plant but the internal layout will be redesigned to meet the needs of a modern production facility, positioning Airedale for further growth.

BAM will also project-manage the challenge of ensuring production resumes from the Rawdon site next summer without disruption to workflow.

The Airedale project is due to start on site in early July, with completion scheduled for August 2015.

Meanwhile, specialist global insurer Hiscox has appointed BAM to build its new £19m office in York.

At 50,000 sq ft it will be the insurer’s largest office outside of London.

Steve Langan, managing director of Hiscox UK, Europe and Asia, said: “Our new office in York will set the benchmark for Hiscox’s future approach to office design and working practices.”

Construction work is expected to start in July, completing in 2015.

The other three BAM contracts have not yet been disclosed.

James Wimpenny, regional director of BAM Construction, said: “To pick up that amount of work in a month is quite unusual.”

He added: “We have been in the doldrums for a few years. In the first half of this year there has been a big change in the number of projects that are around. Things seem to have moved forward very quickly.”