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Grontmij Helping Almacantar Develop Plans For Centre Point

Thursday, 25 August 2011

London, 25 August 2011 - Engineering consultancy, Grontmij, has been appointed to work with investment company, Almacantar, on plans to develop the 32-storey Centre Point tower in central London.

Grontmij, which carried out the due diligence for Mike Hussey's Almacantar on its purchase of Centre Point earlier this year, has now been engaged to work on the design team reviewing the options for the Tottenham Court Road landmark.

The company will be responsible for all of the engineering systems and sustainable design including; minimising the use of energy, vertical  transportation, fire strategy engineering, BREEAM and ECO Homes Assessments.

Work is already underway to prepare the listed building, which will be situated next to Tottenham Court Road Crossrail station - one of the largest on the new route - when it opens in 2018.

Nick Bullen, director of Grontmij Building Services, said: "Having been involved in the due diligence when Almacantar acquired the building, it is obviously very exciting to be involved in the detailed design work on Centre Point."

Luxembourg-based Almacantar bought Centre Point, at the end of Oxford Street, in March from a collapsed subsidiary of Targetfollow.

Mr Hussey has said the company's strategy is to use its asset management and redevelopment skills to get more value out of under-used sites.


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Grontmij, is a professional consultancy of engineers and specialist technologists, experienced in projects of every type and scale around the world.   Grontmij's building services experts provide authoritative engineering advice and are renowned for creative solutions that satisfy demanding business objectives, whilst respecting people and the environment.  The consultancy operates a number of core values that centre on unobtrusive engineering and sustainable design, coupled with appropriate innovation, as well as managing risk.


Grontmij is a leading sustainable design, engineering and management consultancy active in the growth markets of water, energy, transportation and sustainable planning and design. At the core of our business is the principle of sustainability by design that is a leading value proposition for our customers. Grontmij is the fourth largest engineering consultancy in Europe with almost 300 offices across the region and a further 50 offices globally. We have nearly 11,000 professionals around the world.