- Client: Hammerson
- Sector: Retail
- Value: £81m
- Size: 42,000m2
- Location: Yorkshire & Humber
- Services: Pre-Construction, Construction Support
- Completion date: 2016
An eye-catching retail construction project
A modern take on Leeds’s elegant shopping façades, Victoria Gate’s intricate design required precise engineering and careful planning.
Leeds Victoria Gate continues our involvement in the evolution of modern retail.
The development was delivered on time through precision planning, first-class engineering and the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM).
From its geometric design with pleated façade, to the herringbone floors and curved diamond-shaped windows, we specified and planned all the essential details.
Then with a laser focus on programme efficiency and waste management, we delivered the development in time to meet our client's key deadline.
To imitate the natural light in the south arcade, our team equipped the north arcade with lighting panels with embedded LEDs. Controlled remotely, these can be programmed to adapt to weather conditions.
Part way through the project we incorporated plans to construct an extra storey without affecting the completion date.
It was critical that the building was completed in time for a £30 million store fit-out. So to make sure the programme ran smoothly, we planned construction sequencing to the tiniest detail using 4D BIM software
Achieving the building’s complex geometry required 3D design and BIM modelling. By making sure components and materials met precise specifications, we could be confident of a perfect fit during assembly.
We saved 900,000 litres of mains water by reusing groundwater.
We used offsite production to streamline installation of the John Lewis building’s signature diamond-shaped windows.
We also worked with Thorp Precast to develop and deliver a cost-effective method to construct the centre's high quality pleated brick façade.
Perfecting the elegant herringbone floors in varying shades of grey tiles was another challenge. We laid out each granite tile in the factory, before labelling them for transportation. This allowed us to re-assemble the giant jigsaw onsite rapidly.
Sustainability & waste management
We reduced costs and waste through reusing and recycling where possible.
- 99% of the demolition waste removed was diverted from landfill.
- Concrete, brick and slate were crushed and reused on site.
- 5,300m3 of fill material was reused as piling carpet and structural fill.
We saved almost 2,000 items of furniture from a building which was about to be demolished and worked with a recycling specialist to make sure as many as possible were reused.
Bronze Award – CCS National Site Awards (2016)
Best Shopping Centre - MIPIM Awards 2017