Sector - Finance & Legislation
Kier celebrates topping out at Arena Central
Celebrations occurred at Arena Central in Birmingham on Tuesday 23rd July 2019 after Kier and Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs marked the start of construction of Building 3AC with a Topping-Out Ceremony.
Building 3AC is currently under construction through the contractor Galliford Try and will be occupied by HMRC, comprising of the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), with HMRC and the DWP set to move into the building upon its completion in early 2020.
HMRC’s Regional Implementation Lead for West Midlands, Ann Roberts stated: “I’m pleased to be celebrating, with colleagues from the DWP and VOA, this significant milestone. We can really start to look ahead to the modern, flexible and collaborative working environments we will be working from.
“Once complete there will be a range of staff from across the West Midlands based in this state-of-the-art building delivering vital services for the public. We are excited to reach the next milestone, when HMRC assume responsibility for the building and the internal fit out starts, bringing us a step closer to achieving our transformation.”
Kier Property bought Arena Central from Miller Developments back in February 2019 and utilised the acquisition to gain the rights to develop a further three phases on top of those detailed in the site’s existing master plan, which thus far detail the current construction works.
The Managing Director at Galliford Try West Midlands, Simon Burton added: “We are delighted to be able to celebrate this milestone with all of the stakeholders involved in Arena Central. This development is a key part of our growing portfolio of work within Birmingham and we look forward to continuing to build on our excellent working relationship with Kier Property to deliver this fantastic new facility for HMRC.”
The site is close to well known local buildings such as the International Convention Centre (ICC), The Library of Birmingham, the Arena Birmingham, the Bullring, the Mailbox, and Brindley Place, as well as transport links including New Street Station and Snow Hill Station.
The Managing Director North for Kier Property, Tom Gilman concluded: “The site is within the Birmingham City Centre Enterprise Zone and therefore benefits from simplified planning.
This scheme significantly enhances our activities in the West Midlands and is part of a major redevelopment of 10 buildings consisting of offices, residential, hotels and a university research & business hub through to Q4 2026.
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