Bourne Steel Ltd
Project Mint, so-called because of the scheme’s likeness in shape to a Polo Mint, was the construction of a premium-focused outlet village around The O2 Arena, comprising 80-plus retail units arranged either side of a central street.
Requiring over 1,800 tonnes of steel in total, a two-storey element and a single storey element are separated by a movement joint with a row of double columns. The two steel-framed retail elements are stand-alone structures deriving no stability from the original steelwork malls, roof or arena, but instead relying on new concrete lift and stair cores. Both are nominally based around 7.5m column spacings.
Project Mint completes the ring of tenant units surrounding The O2 Arena and was designed and installed around the steel masts and tie wires that support the tented dome structure. The project utilises a steel structure originally constructed in 2006 for a super casino, demonstrating the versatility of steelwork and minimising waste.