A city centre development providing 605 student bed spaces. The build included a 15,000 sq. ft. supermarket, 40,000 sq. ft. of additional retail space, together with a 250 space multi-storey secure by design public car park accessed off the public highway.
This brownfield site was formerly occupied by the Sytner BMW car dealership including showroom, workshops and roof top parking. The project is 8 storeys in height and utilised over 1,750 tonnes of structural steelwork with composite flooring and Metsec SFS external wall system.
A steel transfer structure is located above the retail and car park areas to enable the vertical and horizontal loads to be transmitted through the structure to the mass concrete foundations. A 6 metre high cast in-situ reinforced concrete retaining wall was constructed on the northern boundary to provide support to the adjoining two storey Hopewells Furniture store and service yard /car park areas.
The service yard lies to the rear of the retail units and necessitated fabrication of 28 metre long steel beams, each weighing 11 tons to support six stories of residential accommodation and facilitate access and full on site turning manoeuvres by 44 ton articulated HGVs.
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