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August 23, 2015

WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff to deliver engineering services for Meadowhall refurbishment in UK

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By Shreosree Banerjee

Meadowhall Shopping Hall

WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff has been selected to provide multidisciplinary engineering services as a part of £50m interior design refurbishment deal for the Meadowhall shopping and leisure complex at Sheffield, UK.

Under the agreement terms, the combined entity of Parsons Brinckerhoff and WSP Global will deliver building services, structural, fire engineering, vertical transportation, and acoustic services for the shopping centre.

British Land is the owner of the property, with BDP working as the architect.

Revamping the shopping centre is taking place in preparation for its 25th anniversary, and is expected to produce a modern environment where some retailers will be able to benefit from double-height shop fronts offering surplus retail space.

The planned refurbishment will also relocate major service gantries to the roof, away from their present location above shops.

"The planned refurbishment will also relocate major service gantries to the roof, away from their present location above shops."

The centre has also adopted natural ventilation methods for both clean air and smoke ventilation, which is expected to save both energy and operational costs.

WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff senior technical director Adam Selvey was quoted by Building Projects as saying: "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."

The shopping centre intends to conduct business as usual during the construction phase, which is scheduled to start this month and continue in phases to avoid customer disruptions.

Renovation of the centre is estimated to be completed by the end of 2017.

Image: An aerial view of the Meadowhall shopping complex. Photo: courtesy of Richard Bird / Wikipedia.

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