New UKHO headquarters to go ahead

WCN Editorial Team 15 Nov 2016 EUROPE BUILDINGS

The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has secured planning consent for its new headquarters building in Taunton, UK.

BAM Construction has been selected as the main contractor for the project.

The existing buildings on site will be demolished to give way to the development, while the land at the front of the site will be sold for redevelopment.

UK Hydrographic Office CEO John Humphrey said: “As well as bringing cost-efficiency, the new building will deliver up-to-date technology and working conditions that will enable us to sustain a long-term future as a data-centric organisation.

“We value the continued support of Taunton Deane Borough Council as we create a modern working environment to be proud of and that will help us attract and retain staff as a major employer in the area.”

The project will be funded by the UKHO from business receipts as a self-funding agency.

Construction work is anticipated to commence in early 2017, with the organisation expected to move to its new environmental-friendly office in 2019.

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