Business is continuing as usual at Marks & Spencer’s Plymouth city centre store while Bourne Steel erects steelwork for an extension to the side and above the existing structure.
The work is part of the Drake’s Circus retail development and involves construction of a new steel frame with three floors and a roof adjacent to the existing building, and a new floor over the existing roof.
Construction work is being carried out while Marks & Spencer remains open as normal. Demolition and internal work is being carried out at night.
Space on site is very restricted and a tunnel for public access to the store has been constructed by main contractor Bovis Lend Lease so that materials can be lifted on to site from an adjacent storage area.
Bourne Steel will need to work closely with Bovis Lend Lease later in the project on the area over the existing roof, when services such as air-conditioning units must be moved. Extensive investigation and inspection of the building’s steel frame is needed to allow Bourne to design and construct a grillage, connected to the existing frame, for this operation.