Banbury Gateway Shopping Park is Banbury’s premier retail destination. The development features 10,000m2 of ComFlor® 80 composite floor decking to the first floor levels of the anchor flagship stores; Marks & Spencer, Primark, Outfit and River Island.
The overall design of Banbury Gateway Shopping Park achieves an attractive, dynamic and engaging built environment using theatrical building elements such as locally sourced Great Tew Ironstone Quarry walling elements, walkway canopies and distinctive copper effect cladding. The design cleverly incorporates an open courtyard adjacent to green landscaped areas and clear views of the retail frontages from the M40.
The Composite Profiles team were engaged to help transform land adjacent to the M40 into a new premier retail destination. Using our extensive knowledge of the Tata Steel ComFlor® range, we were able to recommend and provide an economical long spanning structural flooring system that would meet the client’s rigorous specification.
Early stage engagement enabled our Estimating Team to work closely with McLaren Construction in specifying the ComFlor® 80 profile utilising its various gauge thicknesses, thus allowing maximum spanning capability and eliminating the need for temporary propping.
Whilst the cost of ComFlor® 80 is more than some other profiles in the range, the overall benefit for this project was the reduction in supporting steelwork and concrete volumes, resulting in significant overall cost savings made on the project.
An overall slab depth of 160mm was required by the client. Slab depths using the ComFlor® 80 profile can go as low as 140mm for normal weight concrete and still achieve a one hour fire rating.
With big names such as Mark & Spencer and Primark looking to take ownership of their new units, speed of construction was critical. By utilising ComFlor® metal decking, rather than pre-cast concrete planks, our installation teams were able to keep well on track with the tight site programme requirements.
We have worked closely with Principal Contractor, McLaren Construction and Steel Fabricator, Frank H Dale, on previous projects, such as Whiteley Shopping Village, which always has its advantages. Our long-standing relationships made for a smooth interface between early cost and design advice, right through to delivery and installation with trades on site. Working positively and at ease alongside stakeholders is extremely important to us and is a reputation that we work hard to maintain – so much so, we have a company value based on building excellent relationships!
Joel Nurser, Operations Director, Composite Profiles