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EXPLOSION OF ACTIVITY: Construction work on the £27M privately financed British Embassy in Berlin is reaching a peak with between 60 and 70 workers on site. Mechanical and electrical services are being installed on the lower floors as concreting is completed on the top, sixth, floor.

Bilfinger & Berger is main contractor for the building, the first embassy to be let under a PFI concession. The contractor is working for concession holder Arteos, in which both Bilfinger and facilities manager Johnson Controls are shareholders.

The building is engineered by Whitby, Bird & Partners with Stuttgart based Boll & Partner. Architect is Michael Wilford. Bilfinger took unforseen ground condition risk even though the site, which backs on to where the Berlin Wall once stood, could have contained unexploded bombs and unrecorded Second World War bunkers.

The building includes a 44m wide main front facade which straddles a cylindrical conference room, a library with an angular wall jutting out of the front of the building and a plant room resting on four columns.

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