Belvedere Retail Park, Newcastle

Value: £1.2 million  |  Completed: October 2016

Brims Construction was appointed as Principal Contractor in May 2016 by the Universities Superannuation Scheme Ltd to undertake the construction of a new retail development within the existing car park at Belvedere Retail Park, Newcastle.  New outlets have been built for Costa, EE and Dominos, creating dozens of new jobs.  The scheme at Kingston Park, also included improvements to the existing TK Maxx and Sports Direct outlets.

The new retail development is divided into three separate retail units with gross internal areas (GIA) of 2,100 sq ft, 1,000 sq ft and 1,500 sq ft.  The building comprises a new steel framed unit with a mixture of façade treatments including cavity walls with facing brickwork, timber cladding and double glazed shopfronts. The roof comprises standing seam metal cladding panels with projecting aluminium flashings to the perimeter.  A new retaining wall has also been constructed to the rear of the new building adjacent to the footpath on Brunton Lane.

The external works comprised alterations to the car park and paving works to accommodate the new tenant’s external seating, plant and refuse zones; 4nr DDA parking spaces, 2nr parent and child bays; new covered cycle parking, motorcycle parking; and a new pedestrian link to Brunton Lane.  Ram raid compliant bollards were also installed to the front of the new units.

The development, for site owners Universities Superannuation Scheme Ltd (USS), also resulted in the long-awaited demolition of an eyesore office block, which used to be the main North East offices for regional housebuilder Barratt, creating space for 77 new car parking bays.  As the works were carried out on a busy, live trading, retail park we worked hard to ensure we maintained a minimum of 280 car parking spaces for use by customers and staff.

Overclad works to the facades of the TK Maxx and Sports Direct retail units were also undertaken in conjunction with the construction of the new retail pod units.  Scaffold tunnels were erected to protect the public while the removal of the existing entrance foundations and steelwork was carried out.  Erection of the new entrances was carried out via a crane and mobile elevated work platform and was completed outside of retail trading hours.

We worked closely with Project Manager, Henry Riley LLP and the retail tenants throughout our construction works to ensure the project was completed safely and to the highest standard.

Paul Nixon, a partner at the Newcastle office of project managers Henry Riley, said: “This is a high performing retail park with some key tenants already in place such as Matalan, TK Maxx and Sports Direct.  This new development on the north west corner of the site will see the arrival of a number of much sought-after new tenants, creating around two dozen new jobs, and improving the appeal of this already popular park.”

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