WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff has been appointed to provide multidisciplinary engineering services to transform leading Sheffield shopping and leisure complex Meadowhall, as part of a £50m interior design refurbishment.
This is the latest in a number of retail and commercial projects the combined company 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. It is providing building services, structural, fire engineering, vertical transportation and acoustic services. BDP is the architect.
The refurbishment marks the 25th anniversary of Meadowhall, 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 a 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.
Extensive phasing and sequencing of the works has been undertaken to ensure that when construction starts on site this year, 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, which employs more than 270 in its Leeds office, has a history of retail expertise having worked on Trinity Leeds, Birmingham’s Bullring, New Street and Grand Central Station and Liverpool ONE in the UK, as well as internationally in Dubai, Azerbaijan and currently on the Mall of Egypt in Cairo.