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BAM named construction partner on Donaldson’s College site

BAM Construction has been named as the lead contractor for a for a landmark development within Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site.

Following the signing of a contract worth more than £30M, BAM Construction will deliver the main shell and core structure of The Crescent by CALA Homes, a sweeping curve of 84 glass-fronted, contemporary new residences set within one of the Scottish capital’s most iconic locations. CALA’s own team will carry out the fit out of the apartments.

The project is set within the grounds of historic Donaldson’s College, renowned for the A-Listed Playfair building.

Worth more than £90M, it is among the most ambitious projects undertaken by CALA and will see the firm bring to life its vision for one of the most important sites in Scotland.

Preparatory work, also carried out by BAM Construction, started in May 2017 and involved a significant excavation to create the underground parking, part of the design intended to keep the site as free from cars as possible once it is completed and landscaped.

Following this, construction will commence on the westernmost half of the split crescent, to create a stylish, glass-fronted building which cleverly takes a number of design cues – primarily height and form – from the finest buildings in Edinburgh’s celebrated Georgian New Town.

David McGrath, Managing Director of CALA Homes (East) said: “This has been a major focus of ours for the past few years and we fully understand the responsibilities of developing within the World Heritage Site.

“It is incredibly important to us that our partners understand the importance of this site and work with neighbours to minimise disruption as far as possible. BAM has proven that it shares these values.

“This promises to be a one-of-a-kind development that we are extremely proud to be part of. This appointment is the next step in realising the final, exciting design.”

Bruce Dickson, Regional Director of BAM Construction, said: “Both of our teams are completely committed to delivering this really exciting project and its one that, once completed, will definitely be an impressive addition to Edinburgh’s architectural legacy.”

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