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Anquila Corporation of Hong Kong has selected Bam Construction, the UK-based unit under the Dutch Royal BAM Group, for revamping the 63-65 Buckingham Gate and developing 1, 2 and 3 Buckingham Green, SW1, in London.

Westminster city council had approved the mixed-use makeover project in September last year.

Anquila had selected Gardiner & Theobald as the manager for the project, who, in turn has selected London & Oriental as its representative.

Bam has been selected as the preferred contractor for design, procurement, construction and completion of three mixed-use buildings under the project, which includes private residential, office and retail spaces.

Fletcher Priest, who has been appointed as the architect for the project, has designed to create new and open public realm space at the existing development, in order to do way with the existing dark alley atmosphere.

New designs for the development also aim to increase transparency at street level, with each of the three buildings having their own building blocks and individual design connected via street level urban realm, along with a double storey basement.

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The tower will be remodelled to set up 65 high-specification one, two, three and four-bed apartments, which are to be rented out.

Four floors of prime Grade A office space will also be developed under the project in the building inspired by Mies van der Rohe.

While the Podium has been planned to offer 33,000ft² of unique prime Grade A office space, the Annexe building will have two bespoke 2,500ft² floors of modern studio office space.

The project will also lead to the development of 12,000ft² of new A1 and A3 retail space across the scheme forming an entirely re-landscaped quarter.

London and Oriental spokeperson Mark Cannell said: "This is a long-term investment project for Anquila and we believe that the exemplary design, quality of materials and attention to detail will help us to achieve this."

"This is a long-term investment project for Anquila and we believe that the exemplary design, quality of materials and attention to detail will help us to achieve this."

Bam has already initiated construction works for the project, and is expected to turn the developments more energy efficient, rebuild an existing car park, and deliver the Cat A fit-out.

Bam construction director Andy Mason said: "These are high-end offices / apartments and the architects’ use of light and high standards of public realm will transform their look and feel.

"The finished buildings must be capable of attracting a range of residential tenants, retail and commercial occupiers. The buildings recently served as headquarters for Rolls Royce reflecting their upmarket appeal."

Revamping and construction works for the project is expected to be over by the end of 2017.

Image: The project is expected to creating new and open public realm space and increase transparency at street level. Photo: courtesy of BAM Construct UK.