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centre:mk, Former British Home Stores (BHS)

Rolton Group are appointed to provide civil, mechanical and electrical engineering services in support of the refurbishment and reconfiguration of an existing Major Shop Unit (MSU) at centre:mk, which used to house retail giant BHS.

This is one of many projects that have either been carried out or are ongoing with our team at centre:mk, working collaboratively with a familiar and trusted project team including Leslie Jones Architecture and Currie & Brown.

This project will make way for new inward tenant of the major retail unit, Primark, who require a 75,000ft2 space – the largest single letting at centre:mk for the past 25 years.

Predominantly, this project will operate within the constraints of the existing unit’s footprint, although the landlord will be constructing an extension of the store’s first floor to create a new roof top floor level to increase gross floor space within the MSU.

In support of these landlord enabling works, Rolton Group’s mechanical and electrical engineers are responsible for:

  • survey work,
  • delivering a schedule of building services strip out,
  • utility services appraisal and ensuring the retention of existing incoming services supplies and alteration/upgrade,
  • basic landlord shell services for use during the interim period prior to Primark’s own fit out, i.e.) lighting, emergency lighting and fire detection and alarm system coverage

A full performance specification design for all required building services has been prepared, as well as dynamic thermal modelling services with existing and proposed comparative Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) to benchmark energy efficiency and performance. Assessments and strategies for landlord service diversions as required will also be progressed.

Our civil engineers are also working closely with our mechanical engineering team to assess existing rainwater drainage and rainwater down pipe arrangements to ensure that designs are the best fit possible for the unit and its new tenant.

Rolton Group’s appointments on other centre:mk landlord and planned preventative maintenance projects, alongside the knowledge and expertise that we have built up, have allowed us to provide a coordinated and top down view to ensure that the interface and project adjacencies are identified and addressed prior to works starting on site.

When existing ‘unforeseen’ services were uncovered during the initial strip out phase, we were able to attend site and act promptly with proposals to divert and adapt landlord services as part of the up front enabling works package.