A steel framing solution has provided a new retail development in Carlisle with the required
open-plan floor space and a quick construction programme.
Retail in Carlisle is set to get a
significant boost as a further outof
town shopping destination is
due to complete this autumn.
Located adjacent to Junction 44 of the
M6, Gateway 44 is an extension to the city’s
existing Kingstown Retail Park, which
currently includes a number of popular
outlets such as Asda and M&S, alongside a
Premier Inn hotel and car showrooms.
On completion, Gateway 44 will provide
3,900m2 of retail space on a 2.8-acre site,
which will also include 181 parking spaces.
Commenting on the scheme, Leader of
Carlisle City Council, Cllr John Mallinson,
said: “Carlisle is a growing city and this new
development will create more jobs and will
provide a boost to the local economy. We
encourage other retailers and businesses to
invest in Carlisle. The city has a lot to offer
and is an ideal location for established and
Main contractor Caddick Construction
began work on the previously greenfield
site in February. After a groundworks
programme, which included the installation
of ground-bearing pad foundations, the
steelwork erection was able to begin within
a couple of months.
Caddick Construction Contracts
Manager Derek Billows said “The team is
delighted to have been appointed on this
project to work with Carlisle City Council.
This is a further boost for our new Kendal
office following the recently completed
Mercedes Dealership in Carlisle and the
JLR Dealership in Kendal along with the
ongoing development of a Blue Light
Hub for Cumbria County Council and
the recent award of the Kendal town hall
redevelopment, all of which indicates that
the future in the county looks good.”
The entire development consists of
one large steel-framed structure, next to
a smaller frame to house the Costa drive
thru. According to the project architect,
the choice of a steel framing solution was a
Retail boost for Cumbria
The steelwork erection
A portal frame design offered the
project a number of benefits, including
the desired column-free spaces.