Birchams bags TfL for Victoria revamp work

BIRCHAM Dyson Bell has strengthened its relationship with Transport for London (TfL), advising on the £500m redevelopment of London’s Victoria Station.

The project is part of a £2bn wider redevelopment of the area surrounding the station, led by Nabarro Nathanson client Land Securities.

Birchams planning partner Mark Challis confirmed that he is leading a team that won a competitive tender against a number of other firms for the work, which is expected to last until 2013, but he declined to comment further.

Nabarros, led by property partner Vincholas Vergette, has been advising Land Securities for the past two years on securing ownership of most of the 2.3 million sq ft redevelopment area, with TfL owning the remainder.

“The project is still in the embryonic stages, but it’s now out into the open and a brief has been issued by Westminster City Council. We’re expecting the work to be ramped up in the New Year,” said Vergette.

Nabarros most recently advised Land Securities on the £164.2m purchase of Ashdown House, adjacent to the Victoria redevelopment, topping off a year that saw Nabarros advise on more than £600m worth of deals in Central London.

TfL’s appointment of Birchams is a boon for the firm. On other major projects, TfL is known to have used Ashurst on the Thames Gateway project and Herbert Smith for the East London Line work. Eversheds handles TfL’s general high-volume work.