Buttermarket Shopping Centre

Delivering overhead glazing to this popular shopping centre in Suffolk.
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Buttermarket Shopping Centre

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Executive Summary 

Our case study covers the delivery of the overhead glazing to this popular shopping centre in Suffolk. This covers the method in which GR carried out the works correctly and safely, as well as, referring to the client needs and how we made sure they were met. 

Buttermarket Shopping Centre 

The Buttermarket Centre is a four-level, £65 million shopping centre located in the centre of Ipswich, Suffolk, 

The Buttermarket was opened on 1st October 1992, comprising 270,000 square feet over four levels 

This centre comprises of 32 retail units and several popular food and drink restaurants. 

GLRE Case Study | Buttermarket Shopping Centre
GLRE Case Study | Buttermarket Shopping Centre
GLRE Case Study | Buttermarket Shopping Centre
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Project Summary 

Specialist demolition main contractor required an expert glazing company to instruct to complete the required glazed curtain walling removals so a site wide refurbishment programme could commence. 

Glazing Refurbishment were contracted as a specialist glazing company to undertake the controlled removal of overhead glazing and associated steelwork as part of the deconstruction of the bespoke glazed façade over the St. Stephens Lane entranceway to the Buttermarket Shopping Centre in Ipswich, Suffolk. 

The necessary façade removal was part of a larger refurbishment programme to redevelop Ipswich’s main shopping centre with ongoing transformation works to introduce a new food court and multi-screen cinema. 

GR was tasked by our client to complete this precise demolition to a tight deadline, working through the night during the four-week project to minimise disruption to the general public and allow internal construction works to take place during the day. 

For the work to be completed safely and efficiently, we deployed a range of specialist access cranes to assist with the removal of the large glazed panels and steel framework. Alongside this, IRATA trained abseil technicians allowed us to negotiate the difficult access sectors of the uniquely designed structure. 

As depicted with the supporting images, the project commenced with the removal of the existing vertical curtain walling and the final phase was the controlled removal of the central steel ring. The successful demolition has now revealed the new look food court and leisure complex which opened in Summer 2016. 

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