John Lewis store

Entered by Caunton Engineering Limited

First of its kind store for retailer

An elegant new store with a curved front elevation is the first of its kind for retailer John Lewis. It introduces their new 'home hub' concept that will bring together all of its home services and allow customers to browse John Lewis' full furniture range.

The project has been carried out for principal contractor Simons Construction under an informal BIM protocol in which Caunton Engineering worked very closely with Collado Collins Architects, engineer Scott-White Hookins and other specialist trade contractors.

Aiding team meetings and coordination

The team's involvement included the integration of our Tekla Structures construction model with the architectural model, and detailed coordination of construction interfaces for services and other building elements.

Tekla BIMsight was used successfully at design team meetings, giving all organisations the opportunity to find and agree solutions there and then; speeding up and improving the design process. It was agreed this approach was much more efficient than the traditional design team meeting format of raising technical queries via an RFI system.

More importantly, coordinating details in the construction model gave all parties the confidence that what was in the model would be built, so potential site problems would be avoided – and this proved to be the case.