Weston-Super-Mare has gained a major new retail development in the heart of this seaside town, entitled the Dolphin Square Shopping Centre - See Artist's impression above. Developed and built by the McLaren Group of companies, this includes a new steel-framed car park which was framed by Caunton Engineering. The framework for this 397 space car park built over three storeys, required over 300te of steelwork, the design of which was by Caunton’s design department. The frame is of “beam and stick” construction, with moment connections between the beams and columns. The beams are spliced at the beam’s point of contra-flexure. This reduces the floor depth which limits the overall height of the building which was crucial due to demands of the surrounding residents, and economy too with cladding etc. The steelwork was fabricated and erected by the company too. Caunton also erected the concrete liftshafts, stairs and the planks which form the flooring.
Caunton have become very much a specialist in the design-and-build of steel-framed car park structures - examples of which can be seen on this web site - and we will be pleased to forward our latest brochure on request.