Holder Mathias Architects
Capita Symonds Ltd
Caunton Engineering Ltd
Caerphilly Borough Council
The former South Wales mining town of Bargoed is in the midst of a £30m regeneration scheme, a programme that aims to revitalise the community.
Central to the overall plan is the rejuvenation of commerce and this will be achieved with a large scale retail development, based around a 5,200m2 Morrisons supermarket constructed in the town centre. Known as the Retail Development Plateau, the 2.2 hectare site is situated on a 300m long by 20m high reinforced embankment.
Sitting on top of the plateau and abutting the retaining wall, the steel-framed retail development consists of a lower level undercroft car park for 400 vehicles, with the main Morrisons retail floor positioned above, along with second car park level. Above the main supermarket floor is a series of further decks, set back from the valley elevation, accommodating independent retail outlets and rooftop plant areas.
This development successfully regenerates a site created by the use of old mining spoil, and links the town and the valley.
The steelwork is a conventional frame on a rectangular grid, including a horizontal truss spanning 80m to restrain a high retaining wall. The integration of geometrically complex heavily- loaded nodes into the other elements involved the whole team comprehensively adopting a Building Information Model approach.
A successful use of BIM in a steel project.