WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff has been appointed to provide multidisciplinary engineering services to transform leading Sheffield shopping and leisure complex Meadowhall, as part of a £50 million interior design refurbishment.
This is the latest in a number of retail and commercial projects WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff has worked on for property investment company British Land, and adds to the growing portfolio of retail projects in the UK and overseas for the professional services consultancy. WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff is providing building services, structural, fire engineering, vertical transportation and acoustic services. BDP is the architect.
The refurbishment marks the 25th anniversary of Meadowhall Shopping Centre, which attracts more than 25 million shoppers a year. The mall’s vision is to create a modern environment where some retailers benefit from double height shop fronts that create additional retail space. This will be achieved by an innovative design that allows the relocation of major service gantries away from their current location above shops into the roof without compromising vital fire escapes. In addition existing ventilation has been removed so that the mall could be naturally ventilated for both fresh air and smoke ventilation, which will save future energy and operational costs.
WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff senior technical director Adam Selvey said:
“We are delighted to be working on this project with British Land having had some great successes on numerous retail and commercial projects with them, such as the Leadenhall Building in London. Our engineering team’s input on the project is instrumental to British Land’s vision to create a modern shopping centre environment.”
Extensive phasing and sequencing of the works has been undertaken to ensure that when construction starts on site in the third quarter of 2015, customers will remain unaffected. The refurbishment is due to be completed by the end of 2017 on the UK’s fourth largest shopping centre, which comprises 310 shops, 50 restaurants and cafes and a multi-screen cinema.
WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff has a strong history of retail expertise having worked on Birmingham’s Bullring, New Street and Grand Central Station, Liverpool ONE and Trinity Leeds in the UK, as well as internationally in Dubai, Azerbaijan and currently on the Mall of Egypt in Cairo.