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Balfour Beatty’s Sixty London Project wins prestigious ‘Best Large Commercial Building’ award

13 May 2014


Balfour Beatty’s completed project, Sixty London at 60 Holborn Viaduct, has won the prestigious ‘Best Large Commercial Building’ category at the London region Local Authority and Building Control (LABC) Building Excellence Awards.

Nominated by the City of London Building Control, the award recognises building excellence in the delivery of outstanding construction and workmanship.

The £60 million construction project delivered a new thirteen-floor state-of-the-art office building which was occupied, by world leading brand, Amazon, ahead of completion. With 30,000m2 of interior space, the building’s curving façade takes into account the area’s historic character and maintains important views of St. Paul’s Cathedral as well as the light requirements of its neighbours.

The building is built to high sustainability standards with features such as a solar heated hot water supply and automatic lighting controls, which adjust luminance according to sunlight. The building has been awarded BREEAM ‘Excellent’ status, the world's foremost environmental assessment method and rating system for buildings.

The project was completed to an accelerated schedule utilising Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering to advance test and certify the existing piles and through close collaboration with the customer, AXA Real Estate, throughout.

The construction saw the blending of modern new features, such as hundreds of individually-shaped glazed units with historical aspects, such as the reinstatement of the original gatehouse and a statue of one of the City of London’s historic patrons, Sir Hugh Middleton which had been destroyed in the London Blitz.

Vince Lydon, Balfour Beatty Delivery Director (Strategic Projects), said: “We are delighted with this award which shows that Balfour Beatty is a leading constructor in delivering high quality commercial buildings in London.  60 Holborn is a landmark site in the City of London and this complex project required a sympathetic blend of modern and historic features which this award recognises has been successfully achieved.”

Balfour Beatty is engaged in a number of London’s most prestigious commercial contracts including St James’ Market, Sea Containers House, and the five-star Arora Hotel in Greenwich.

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Notes to editors:

1. The architects on the project were Kone Pederson Fox (KPF); the engineering consultants were Grontmij and the ultimate customer was AXA Real Estate.

2. Balfour Beatty’s UK and Ireland construction business ( is a leading integrator of complex, sophisticated and innovative projects that improve the UK’s and Ireland’s national infrastructure and an experienced provider of local and regional projects that help build lasting communities.

We offer a broad range of capabilities in construction, civil engineering and mechanical & electrical engineering services.

With offices throughout the UK and Ireland, we deliver a locally-focused service with the support of our national network of expertise and resources.

Balfour Beatty’s UK and Ireland construction business employs 9,000 people.

3. Balfour Beatty ( is an international infrastructure group that delivers world class services essential to the development, creation and care of infrastructure assets; from finance and development, through design and project management to construction and maintenance.

Our businesses draw on more than 100 years of experience to deliver the highest levels of quality, safety and technical expertise to our clients principally in the UK, the US, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. We continue to develop our business in key growth markets in South Africa, Australia, Canada, Brazil and India.

With proven expertise in delivering infrastructure critical to support communities and society today and in the future, our key market sectors include transportation (roads, rail and aviation), power and energy, mining, water and social infrastructure such as hospitals and schools.

Balfour Beatty employs around 40,000 people worldwide.

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