Official Opening of the Westgate Centre

Official Opening of the Westgate Centre, Oxford.

Grand Opening of the Westgate Shopping Centre, Oxford.

The Westgate Shopping Centre, Oxford has officially opened today – Tuesday 24th 2017. BHC were appointed by Laing O’Rourke to supply and install 7,000 tonnes of structural steelwork for the redevelopment of the 1970’s style shopping centre.

Prior to BHC commencing work onsite, the existing reinforced concrete shopping centre was partially demolished, leaving three quarters of the structure to be integrated into the new structure. The redeveloped section of the centre directly connects to the new covered shopping street.

BHC were responsible for erecting 3 x three storey extensions including a basement which will be used as a service yard. Due to the size of the delivery vehicles that will be unloading at the Westgate Shopping Centre, it was necessary for the basement to have clear, open span spaces. BHC fabricated 3 large steel trusses weighing approximately 33 tonnes each and measuring 25m in length.

The 3 new buildings are linked by a series of steel bridges connecting the second and third floors. The longest bridge erected by BHC spans 22m across the main covered street. The new steel framed buildings have been erected around a 7.5m x 7.8m grid pattern whereas the car park structure follows a 7.5m x 15.6m grid. Steel framed construction was chosen for this project as it offers flexibility as the design allows for columns to be removed in order to create larger stores to suit tenant requirements.

The new shopping centre features a 142,000 sq ft John Lewis as its anchor department store, 125 shops, restaurants, cafes and a 5-screen cinema.

Redevelopment of the Post Building.

The Post Building

Work continues to progress on the Post Building, London.

Working alongside with Laing O’Rourke, BHC have been involved with the retention and significant remodeling of the former Royal Mail sorting office.

When complete the building will feature 25,000m² of office space, shops, restaurants, a doctors surgery, public roof garden and 21 affordable apartments.

Fabricating Trusses for The Post Buidling

Fabricating Large Trusses

The Post Building, Truss

Last week in the BHC Workshop our Welder Fabricators worked on several large trusses for the redevelopment of the Post Building, London.

Fife Retail Park

Fife Retail Park - BHC Structural Steelwork ContractorThe improvement of the Fife retail park includes the redevelopment of the former Homebase unit to form a series of new retail units. The four new shops will be 7091 m2 with each new unit featuring a mezzanine. Two new small pod units will be erected to provide an improved food and drink offering to local shoppers.

BHC Ltd. are working with McLaughlin & Harvey on this project and it is expected that the steelwork and metal decking will be completed within 10 weeks.

Project Henley 2, Plymouth

Project Henley 2, Plymouth - BHC Structural Steelwork ContractorWe are currently working with Bowmer & Kirkland on the construction of a six-storey office building located at the Devonport Dockyard, Plymouth.

BHC Ltd. will be fabricating and erecting the structural steelwork for this project as well as providing metal decking, edge protection and precast concrete stairs. 

Glasgow Airport Pick-up and Drop-off

Glasgow Airport Pick-up Drop-off Car Park - BHC Structural Steelwork ContractorBHC Ltd. continue to make good progress on the erection of the structural steel for the new, dedicated pick-up and drop-off car parking facility located at Glasgow International Airport.

BHC were awarded the structural steel contract from principal contractor Morgan Sindall.

For this project, BHC will erect approximately 334 tonnes of structural steel over a 12-week period. It is estimated that the new parking facility will be fully complete and open to the public by the end of April 2017.