BAM Construction has been appointed as preferred bidder to build a £15 million National Operations Centre for Scottish Water. The contractor would deliver an ultra sustainable new build office with a new Intelligent Control Centre and Data Centre at Stepps, near Glasgow for the utilities organisation. The four-storey, 7,300 sq m building will be designed around a central atrium to maximise the use of natural ventilation and light.
The building will utilise the thermal mass of the concrete frame and will include a biomass boiler, thermal water heating and photovoltaic panels BAM will also use sustainable urban drainage systems and rainwater harvesting to further boost the building’s environmental performance.
It is proposed that work starts on site in February 2012 and be completed in summer 2013. BAM Scotland's regional pre-construction manager Paul Neil said: ‘We are delighted to be selected as preferred bidder for this strategically and environmentally important building.
‘The project would allow BAM to showcase its expertise and experience in designing cost effective, highly sustainable and user friendly office buildings.’ BAM Construction was the firm that built the stunning Zaha Hadid-designed Riverside Museum in Glasgow and refurbished the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.
BAM Properties is behind the Clarion Building, the recent sale of prime retail space in Buchanan Street and is developing 110 Queen Street. Lorna McGregor, Scottish Water`s Head of Commercial Capital Projects, said: ‘We look forward to working closely with BAM in the design and build a of superb facility which will host significant investment in enhanced technology to improve our customer experience through the Intelligent Control Centre. This also presents a great opportunity to provide a fit-for-purpose, energy-efficient, low-carbon office environment for many years to come.’