Leicester regeneration takes shape
The redevelopment of Leicester city centre is gathering pace with the city’s first speculative office building nearing completion. The 50,000ft² four-storey steel-framed structure in Colton Square forms the initial phase of the much larger New Business Quarter project.
Main contractor Bowmer & Kirkland said the job involved demolition, configuring a semi-basement car park under the footprint and the provision of a transfer slab for an adjacent residential development.
Sean Clark, Contracts Manager for steelwork contractor D A Green, said working around the basement and the site’s tight dimensions were very challenging.
“The building’s basement was already excavated and covered by a ground floor concrete slab by the time we started steel erection,” said Mr Clark. “The slab couldn’t support heavy loads so we had to use lightweight electric cherry-pickers to lift steel,”
Another challenge was the fact that the building’s footprint accounts for the majority of the site and consequently one mobile crane had to be permanently sited in one position throughout the erection period.
“We predominantly used one 120t capacity mobile crane for lifting steel members, which had to reach the whole site from one position,” said Mr Clark.
A steel framed glass atrium will complement the office accommodation which will be completed to a Category A fit-out and billed as a business park in a city centre location.
D A Green erected 320t of structural steelwork for the project as well as metal decking and precast concrete stairs.