WSP engineers Meadowhall makeover

WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff is engineering a £50m refurbishment of the Meadowhall shopping mall in Sheffield.

WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff is providing building services, structural, fire engineering, vertical transportation and acoustic services for property owner British Land. BDP is the architect.

The refurbishment marks the 25th anniversary of Meadowhall Shopping Centre, which attracts more than 25 million shoppers a year. The plan is to double height shop fronts for some stores that create additional retail space. This will be achieved by moving major service gantries away from their current location above shops into the roof without compromising fire escapes. In addition existing ventilation is being removed so that the mall is naturally ventilated for both fresh air and smoke ventilation, saving energy costs.

WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff senior technical director Adam Selvey said: “We are delighted to be working on this project with British Land having had some great successes on numerous retail and commercial projects with them, such as the Leadenhall Building in London. Our engineering team’s input on the project is instrumental to British Land’s vision to create a modern shopping centre environment.”

Construction starts on site this month but is being phased to minimise disruption to shoppers. The refurbishment is due to be completed by the end of 2017.