The steelwork package for the redevelopment of the scheme included two 36m wide barrel vault roofs spanning the main malls and a 32m. dia. Central feature dome.
Opened in 1998 the Trafford Centre is the third largest retail development in the UK. Developed by the Peel Group and now owned by Intu Properties. Two extensions were added to the scheme in 2008, the Great Hall and Barton Square. The Trafford Centre has a distinct architectural style being described as having a Rococo/late Baroque design, with eclectic elements of Art Deco and Egyptian Revival. The scope of the £7.5m refurbishment of Barton Square, carried out by Vinci Construction, includes the addition of a new glazed barrel vault roofs over the main malls which have created a more user-friendly experience for shoppers. The new central dome creates a stunning focal point towering above an ornate water feature which is surrounded by colonnades of marble clad columns. Now with a direct Metrolink tram connection to central Manchester the centre, which opens in March 2020 will be visited by thousands of shoppers each week.
In addition, the upper levels of the centre have additional steelwork framing and stairs added along with four smaller roof structures extending the clients available retail space. A large package of secondary steelwork including stairs completed the scope.
What were the challenges and what made the project successful?
The greatest challenges related to the logistics of carrying out the extensive scope of work while keeping the busy retail development operational. The success of the project hinged on all the construction team working closely together to coordinate the works. All SH Structures activities were carried out at night with the work areas being completely cleared ready for shoppers visiting the mall the following day. Close coordination was particularly critical with the glazing and PC concrete manufacturers.
The project in numbers
- The overall value of the scope of works for the supply, manufacture and installation of the new roof, the central dome and extensive secondary steelwork including walkways, lift shafts and stairs was £6.8M.
- The total weight was approx. 740te.
- The total area of the glazed structure was 5800m2