Complex steelwork will require two phase approach
Work has commenced on the £7.8M Market Gates Shopping Centre project in Great Yarmouth.
Main contractor ISG Jackson is enlarging an existing shopping complex with a new four-storey 6,000m2 steel-framed extension. This will be constructed over a bus station terminus and a three lane main road.
Ian Burchnall, Contracts Manager for steelwork contractor D.A Green & Sons, said to minimise potential disruption to the public the steel will be erected in two main phases.
“We will initially start erecting in October, for an eight week period, and complete the first phase over one lane of the road. Then once this road has been reinstated we’ll complete the steelwork over the other two lanes during a second phase beginning in February next year.”
This second phase will require D.A Green to work alternate day and night shifts to minimise traffic disruption.
Approximately 700t of structural steelwork will be erected, with some of the largest members – 20m-long plate girders weighing 20t each – spanning roads.
“The challenging site conditions demand a robust and highly detailed programme of works. Allied to a restricted and busy site, we are working above a road and need to deliver a phased project to meet the specific requirements of retailers,” said Chris Harrall, Director of ISG Jackson’s Commercial Division.