Working on behalf of main contractor RG Group, steelwork contractor Billington Structures will eventually erect 3,000t of steel for the job.
Reinvigorating a large centrally-located plot, the scheme consists of a new Sainsbury’s store with a two-level car park above, a gym and a 68-bed Travelodge hotel, all housed in one large interconnected steel braced frame.
The project team said that steel was chosen because it is quick to erect and adds flexibility into the building. Within the Sainsbury’s store there is a 9m floor-to-ceiling height, high enough to allow another floor to be added if the tenant so wished.
The project has provided a new steel canopy entrance to the adjacent Harlequin Theatre, as well as new seating, planting and paving for the nearby streets.