Intu Victoria Shopping Centre
The Nottingham Intu Victoria Shopping Centre sits on the original site of the Victoria Train Station which was demolished in 1967 with the exception of the Clock Tower which remains today and was incorporated into the redevelopment scheme that took place between 1967 and 1972.
Within this site the stand-alone multi-storey car park known as the “white car park” was created within the railway cuttings and is sited within the excavation so that the roof level is level with street level. The Victoria Centre more commonly referred to as “The Vicki Centre” by its locals provides parking for 2700 vehicles. It contains a host of leading brand retailers and anchor stores such as John Lewis and achieves an annual footfall of 24 million.
The refurbishment of the project had to be co-ordinated with other works to ensure a workable level of parking was available to customers of the Centre. The key to the success of the refurbishment was ensuring the planned works were completed to coincide with the main public holidays when parking demand rapidly increased.
Originally the client had specified the total removal of the existing membrane and replacement of the existing movement joints. Test results had shown that the system was well bonded and that it was worn in only a few locations. After consideration the thickness of the slab some 70mm thick, a different approach was designed to protect the existing concrete structure and incorporate the existing membrane.
Following a significant testing regime, we were able to overcoat the membrane and use it as part of the new incumbent protection system. The result was this saved both time and money for the client but moreover removed the need to reduce the thickness of the slab which was already at risk.
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