Listed construction and development group Morgan Sindall has been appointed to the £30 million renovation of one of the city's best-known business addresses.
55 Colmore Row, formerly the home of law firm Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co before it moved to Two Snowhill, is undergoing a major refurbishment.
Morgan Sindall, whose construction arm is headquartered in Rugby, has been appointed as main contractor on the project which will deliver 160,000 sq ft of grade A office space.
Three brand new floors will be added to the top of the building, with all internal layouts fully reconfigured to create open plan office space from 18,000 to 24,000 sq ft.
Its Grade II-listed, 19th century banking hall will be transformed into a new reception while its rear side fronting onto Barwick Street will be removed and replaced with a full-height glazed façade, with space for two restaurants at street level.
John Hammond, investment director at IM Properties which owns 55 Colmore Row, said: "This is a project that will breathe new life into one of the most prominent and widely recognised commercial buildings in Birmingham.
"55 Colmore Row is a cornerstone in Birmingham's commercial history and this project requires construction and project management teams of significant confidence and capability.
"We feel absolutely certain that Morgan Sindall will deliver the high-quality rejuvenation of this landmark building."
Dave Smith, managing director of construction at Morgan Sindall, added: "Anyone who has worked in or around Birmingham will be aware of 55 Colmore Row.
"They may be less familiar, however, with the volume of work that will need to be undertaken to give the building a new lease of life.
"The complexity of adding new floors to the top of the building, combined with the time-scale in which we are working means that there is significant planning required to ensure we deliver.
"It is a fantastic and high-profile project to be involved with and I am confident that we will deliver to exactly the standard that IM Properties is seeking for 55 Colmore Row."
Other firms working on project include AHR Architects, DBK as quantity surveyor and Projex Building Solutions as project manager and employers agent.
The programme of works is due to be completed in autumn 2016.
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