Caunton Engineering were awarded the contract for over 2000te of structural steelwork for a new extension to the Arndale Centre in Eastbourne. The main contractor Kier, had made use of Caunton’s Value Engineering service to re-engineer the scheme, which helped to make considerable savings on costs, site durations, and improved build-ability.
The Arndale Centre is already a major retailer for the town, and the new 170,000 sq. ft. scheme, that included the demolition of some buildings, brings an additional twenty two new retail units, approximately three hundred extra car parking spaces, seven restaurants and a nine-screen cinema to Eastbourne.
Caunton supplied the steel framing for the retail units, as well as the new car park. The car park frame has been re-engineered to help reduce the loads imparted into the existing car park structure. A lightweight concrete deck has been specified, supported on a durable metal deck consisting of a Colorcoat finish. This has helped to reduce the reinforcement work to the existing concrete structure and has helped to speed up site erection times.
The nine-screen cinema complex, also steel framed, is positioned over the Retail Units.
In addition, Caunton’s Secondary Steelwork Division has supplied the ancillary steelwork comprising stair towers, stairs, ladders, hand rail, and access hatch ladders. It again proves that Caunton Engineering can therefore provide a fully comprehensive service in steelwork, and are pleased to be contributing to such an important development for Eastbourne.