Work is progressing well at the £75m retail and leisure project, St Catherine’s Walk, Carmarthen where Caunton have been supplying and erecting some really quite intricate steelwork.
As reported on website news 4th September 2008, Caunton are supplying a total of 1,750te of structural steelwork which provides 245,000 sq.ft of retail accommodation for a potential catchment area of 80,000 people.
The site is located on the convergence of the A48 and A40 in a thriving historic market town which has a potential retail spend of £165.5m and attracts around 800,000 tourists annually. The project includes a Debenhams department store, 950 space car park and 12 retail units in addition to a 1,000 seat six screen Apollo cinema and new indoor market hall.
The project consists of predominantly low rise buildings to compliment and fit in with the surrounding older and residential properties. The first building to be erected was the market hall which started on site in June 2008. Consisting of 200te of steelwork the roof is formed with long glulam timber beams connected to the steel. The market hall took a total of 4 weeks to erect with our onsite team erecting as many as 80 individual steel members some days as the building consists of much small irregular steelwork. Due to the intricate design incorporating sloping walls and roofs created, there are no 90 degree angles in the design of the main frame, and the walls consist of purely vertical members.
This exciting retail development is scheduled to open in April 2010. Caunton has been working for main contractor Simons Construction on the project.
The two companies have vast experience of working together on ambitious retail & leisure developments and most recently worked together on a similar project - Marriott’s Close in Witney.
In fact Marriott’s Close was most recently opened by the local MP and Tory Leader David Cameron who commented:”This (Marriott’s close) is fantastically exciting. We are still in a tough recession and yet here this great development is bringing new jobs, entrepreneurs and businesses. We want our market towns to thrive and survive, and this development is going to help ours to thrive. I think we want to say a big thank you to Simons the developer, the district council and to all of the people who worked on this project and have shown confidence in our market town.”
Caunton were most pleased to be working with Simons Construction on yet another impressive retail & leisure development providing modern retail facilities to thriving market towns.