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This redevelopment sees London's first luxury department store repurposed into a multi-use building, while retaining the original Grade II listed façade.

Location:
Bayswater, London

Client:
Expanded Ltd

Main contractor:
Laing O'Rourke

Engineer:
AKT II

Architect:
Foster + Partners

Tonnage:
6,500 tonnes

Completion date:
September 2022

The project

A major project for the Group's most recent acquisition, DAM Structures, the redevelopment of the c.90,000 square metres Whiteley building will see it include a cinema, shops, restaurants, 139 apartments and a hotel. The local landmark has a century-old Grade II listed colonnaded exterior and central glass dome, both of which have been retained.

Severfield has provided design, fabrication, construction and piling services for the project, with steelwork ranging from plunge columns and tower crane grillages to props and gantries. Working on such a historical building was itself a challenge from start to finish. with the internal structure being demolished to enable the new development while the façade was retained, making all aspects from design to delivery and construction more difficult than usual.

The central location also caused challenges, with The Whiteley building being situated in and around many narrow streets of London. The plunge columns produced at our Bridlington production facility were up to 21-metres long and weighed up to 30 tonnes each. Delivering these to site was a major logistical test, with special transport arrangements, early morning road closures and extremely tight deadlines.

Once on-site, the construction of the plunge columns around the existing the features also required significant skill and management.

These challenges required all teams to work closely together, with design, production, logistics and construction all being in harmony with each other and with other contractors to successfully deliver a project of this scale.