Located in West London, Westfield London sits on a 46-acre site, encompassing five anchor stores, over 280 speciality shops, 47 dining options, leisure facilities (including a multi-screen cinema complex) and parking for 4,500 vehicles. It is one of the largest retail developments in Europe, with 27 million shoppers using the complex in its opening year.

Project Value
£1.6 billion
Year Completed
2008
Building Metrics
Total Area: 46 acres
Levels: 5 storeys
5 anchor stores – over 280 specialty shops
47 eateries
Multi-screen cinema
4,500 space car park

Environmental Performance
BREEAM Rating: Very Good
Sectors
Retail
Leisure
Client
Westfield Shoppingtowns Ltd
Primary Contractor
Westfield Construction + Multiplex
Architect
Benoy + Buchan Group + Michael Gabellini
Robert Bird Group Services
Structural Engineering

Key technical challenges

  • The primary tower structure consists of a composite slab and beam structure. Due to the long beam spans and thin slab, extensive analysis for footfall vibration was required to ensure the structure achieved code requirements and client expectations.
  • Working with the existing structure and developing design solutions that strengthened rather than demolished.
  • Extensive co-ordination with the mechanical engineer to develop a strategy that minimised beam penetrations and beam notches.
  • Differential shortening analysis with consideration of mega truss, steel structure, concrete structure and existing structural elements

Environmental performance

  • 5 Star Greenstar
  • 5 Star NABERs Energy and 4 Star NABERs Water ratings.

Major upgrades and expansion of local infrastructure provided easy access to the centre. These included the construction of new rail and bus stations, cycle ways, and improvements to existing London Underground facilities. Robert Bird Group was selected for its innovative approach to value engineering and its capacity to deliver a project of this size in the compact time frame required.

The integrated design and construction approach enabled adaptations to evolving client requirements and incorporation of tenant modifications, while maintaining a fast-track programme. Car parks were designed to be durable with low maintenance and minimal floor height, creating uncluttered spaces for signage to entrances and exits to increase customer safety. Construction involved reinforced and post-tensioned concrete and composite floor systems to suit varying spans and loads.

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