Consultant engineer gets role on £50m facelift of famous shopping centre

Meadowhall refurbishment Sheffield

WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff is to provide multidisciplinary engineering services for the £50m facelift of Sheffield’s shopping centre Meadowhall.

The BDP-designed interior refurbishment for the British Land-owned mall will see WSP perform structural, fire engineering, vertical transportation, acoustic and building services. Laing O’Rourke is main contractor on the job.

The refurbishment marks the 25th anniversary of the UK’s fourth largest shopping centre, which attracts more than 25 million shoppers a year. Construction is to begin in the autumn with completion expected by the end of 2017.

Adam Selvey, senior technical director at WSP said: “Our engineering team’s input on the project is instrumental to British Land’s vision to create a modern shopping centre environment.”

The project, which comprises 310 shops, 50 restaurants and cafes and a multi-screen cinema. The work will largely be completed out of hours so retail and leisure operators can trade throughout.

Meadowhall Shopping Centre opened in 1990 on the site of a former steelworks.

Meadowhall is set to be boosted by HS2, with the high speed rail link currently expected to make the shopping centre its South Yorkshire stop on the way up to Leeds.

The Yorkshire brance of HS2’s Y-shaped route is not set to complete until 2032.

Sheffield City Council - which is lobbying for HS2 to stop in the city centre instead - is also championing its own major retail scheme, the long-delayed £480m retail quarter in the city centre.