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Trinity Walk steel frame on target

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Wakefield’s Trinity Walk shopping centre development is on schedule with the steel frame making rapid progress after the delivery of three 22m long steel beams – each weighing more than 30t.

The steel work was delivered to main contractor Shepherd Construction on special transport and required a 220t capacity mobile crane to lift each beam into place. Shepherd Construction is joint development partner for Trinity Walk project with Sovereign Land and AREA Property Partners.

The beams will be used to support the units above one of the anchor stores, Sainsbury’s. The major steelwork programme is scheduled to complete this November and the job will see steelwork contractor William Hare erect more than 6,500t of steel for the retail development.

When Trinity Walk completes in spring 2011, it will provide more than 50 large, modern retail units across a 28 acre site, with a number of major retailers already signed up including Debenhams, Sainsbury’s, New Look, River Island and Next.

Nigel Moore, Shepherd Construction’s project leader commented: “With the framework rapidly taking shape and with cladding and masonry work continuing apace, Trinity Walk’s flagship status in Wakefield is visually emerging.”

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