Edinburgh St James Centre from Above

ESJ - January 2019


At the beginning of January, Main Contractor Laing O’Rourke sent up a drone to capture the latest progress on site.

The curved shape of the ‘galleria’ shopping street is now recognisable while the concrete core of the W Hotel can be spotted towering over the site.


Edinburgh St James

Edinburgh St James

BHC have been onsite at the re-development of the Edinburgh St James Centre for approximately six months. 

Throughout our Structural Steelwork contract we will be erecting almost 33,000 individual pieces of hot rolled steelwork to form the new shopping centre.

Below are our most recent images taken onsite throughout December.

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9% of Steelwork Erected at Edinburgh St James Centre

Edinburgh St James Centre

BHC continue to make significant progress onsite at Edinburgh St James Centre.

Between July and September this year BHC made significant progress on site at the redevelopment of the Edinburgh St James Centre. We erected 1,300 tonnes of structural steelwork, utilising only one tower crane and laying 11,000 square metres of structural metal decking.

This means BHC have now erected 9% of the project.

Edinburgh St James


Throughout the duration of the project BHC will supply, fabricate and erect approximately 15,000 tonnes of steelwork over a period of two years.

The redevelopment of the Edinburgh St James Centre will transforms the city’s east end and will inject over £1 billion of investment into Scotland’s capital. The development will provide the city with a mix of well-known high street and high end brands catering to everyone from Edinburgh’s locals to tourists from all over the world. The 1.7 million square foot scheme comprises of 850,000 square foot of retail and leisure space including Edinburgh’s first Everyman Cinema, the iconic W Hotel with over 200 hotel rooms and 150 private residential apartments.

Site 6, Dundee Waterfont

Site 6, Dundee Waterfront

Dundee Waterfront is currently undergoing a £1 Billion transformation including the development of  Site 6.

BHC are involved with the supply and erection of the structural steelwork and metal decking for the 5,940 square metre site. Once complete the building will include a 150 hotel, 88 apartments and an open plan office, situated over four floors.

BHC confirmed as Structural Steel Contractor for £1 billion redevelopment of Edinburgh St James

Edinburgh St James Centre

BHC have been appointed by Laing O’Rourke as the Structural Steelwork Contractor for extensive redevelopment of the Edinburgh St James Centre.

BHC are delighted to announce our involvement in the major redevelopment of the Edinburgh St James Centre. BHC will be responsible for the supply, fabrication and erection of approximately 15,000 tonnes of structural steelwork over a period of two years.

The redevelopment of the Edinburgh St James Centre is one of the largest investments for Scotland. The 1.7 million sq ft development will see the former 1970’s shopping centre replaced with a 850,000 sq ft of retail space, anchored by John Lewis, a multi-screen cinema, the luxurious W Hotel comprising of over 200 rooms and 150 private residential apartments. The development will become the heart of the city, providing excellent connections to the existing retails areas of Princes Street, Multrees Walk and George Street.

Throughout the duration of the project BHC will employ approximately 20 apprentices.


Redevelopment of Edinburgh St James Centre

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.