Wates Construction has been appointed main contractor in a major project to refurbish the Old Marylebone Town Hall.
The project represents a significant investment by London Business School (LBS), which acquired the building from Westminster City Council in 2013. It aims to restore the historic building to a “full state of repair” while also creating a modern learning environment.
The 123,451 sq ft development will expand LBS’s teaching facilities making it an integral part of the campus, creating a triangle of educational facilities between Sussex Place, the Taunton Centre and Old Marylebone Town Hall.
Wates’ work will include the part-demolition and restructuring of the former Westminster Council House and annexe buildings, plus the construction of new auditoriums with state-of-the-art AV and IT facilities.
“It’s an honour for Wates to be entrusted with the preservation of such an iconic landmark and we are very much looking forward to working with London Business School and Westminster City Council to breathe new life into this exceptional building,” said Phil Shortman, managing director of Wates Construction London.
“We have an excellent project team in place to apply their wealth of experience in the higher education and heritage sectors in order to deliver what will become a place of world-class research and learning.”
The new development has been part-funded by a £25 million donation from industrialist and principal of the Quantum Pacific Group, Idan Ofer.
Designed by Sheppard Robson, the project will include the conservation of the building’s early twentieth century period features, which will be overseen by Westminster City Council.
Features of the scheme will include a new three-storey building with six lecture theatres, 35 seminar rooms, a library, offices and faculty spaces and a student lounge.