The Manchester-based company has a portfolio of 20 current or completed projects, comprising over 3 million sq ft of floorspace and generating an end value approaching £1bn.
Included in that is the proposed £260m 800,000 sq ft arena-led Gateshead Quays re-development between the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Arts and the Sage music venue in Gateshead and a 245 unit residential scheme at Tower Works in Leeds city centre.
The UK arm of international construction company BAM, which delivers high-level projects across the world, will build the new head office. They have worked closely with Ask on projects such as 100 Embankment in Manchester. They impressed the board with their customer focussed approach to construction and considered approach to delivering the building.
The building, which will complement the growing development in this area of the city, will house Home Group’s administrative and customer service centre staff.
Joe Cook, Executive Director of Development at Home Group, said: “We are delighted with the appointment of Ask Real Estate. Their outstanding work, especially in city centres, speaks for itself. The project team and I are excited about working with them, and the excellent BAM.
“Ask’s track record in delivering high-quality, innovative and sustainable buildings was key in our decision to appoint them. The sustainability of the building, in particular, is extremely important.
“This is a highly significant project for us – one that benefits a wide range of stakeholders, including our colleagues, our customers, the voluntary sector, the city council and the city centre businesses. We are proud of our north east roots and this move to Newcastle City Centre strengthens those roots even further.”
Commenting on behalf of Ask Real Estate Managing Director John Hughes said: “We are proud to have been selected by Home Group and to hear that our best in class approach in delivering Grade A office buildings for forward thinking organisations such as Home Group has been recognised”.
“This is another significant instruction for Ask in the north east region and we look forward commencing work on delivering this landmark new HQ for Home Group as soon as possible.”