BAM Construction’s Bristol-based construction business has been appointed to refurbish and refit an office block to house around 200 Imperial Tobacco employees in south Bristol at the company’s new UK headquarters.   This £7m refurbishment includes a range of modern facilities including a staff canteen and high specification office space. BAM is aiming for a BREEAM ‘Very Good’ rating, with sustainability measures including photovoltaic cells, biomass boilers and rainwater harvesting.   The two-storey building is on the same site as the old cigar factory on Winterstoke Road in Ashton. This was demolished in August 2011 to make way for Imperial Tobacco’s new global head office, also built by BAM and completed earlier this year.   BAM’s Construction Director Nick Goff said: ‘We’re delighted Imperial Tobacco has chosen to work with BAM again on this important building for its UK staff. It’s testament to our work on their new global head office that a company of such stature has selected us for this equally important project next door. We look forward to using our skills and experience to ensure the scheme benefits the local community and environment as much as it does the staff of Imperial Tobacco.’   Imperial Tobacco’s UK General Manager, Eugene Walsh, said: ‘I’m pleased BAM Construction will be working on our new UK headquarters after recently completing the fantastic new global head office for Imperial Tobacco.

  ‘This new home for our UK operation will cement our roots in our traditional south Bristol heartland, help regenerate the local area and provide the impetus for us to move forward as the biggest company in the south west.’   Work is expected to start during July 2013 and is scheduled to finish in July 2014. The designer is AWW Architects.   Last year BAM became the first construction company in the south west to achieve National Skills Academy for Construction status. It’s creating more than 100 work experience placements in the region. 

  The company has built scores of signature projects in the city and has more than 20 live projects at the moment, including three education schemes in Bristol itself.