Westfield London is an iconic shopping centre destination in West London. It includes a luxury retail village, numerous bars & restaurants, 12 cinema screens, a Kidzania children’s educational centre, a gym and commercial office space. It is located adjacent to a major transport interchange and sits above the westbound Central line London underground railway.
MPN have been involved with the scheme since 2005 when Westfield first bought into the project, initially carrying out early feasibility studies on the then current scheme at which time much of the structure had already been designed and built by the original developer. However, since opening in 2008 MPN have been involved in numerous internal alterations and additions, including reconfiguration of the Debenhams mall node, conversion of the Village side entry mall to retail, reconfiguration of other parts of the structure for new tenants, various commercialisation activities and rooftop extensions. MPN have dealt with issues of making major alterations to a live shopping centre structure, including loading restrictions, logistics, avoiding impacts on adjacent tenants, out of hours working and live services.
All new works have been designed using steel and composite decking for compatibility, maximising off site fabrication and speed of erection. Often, structural members needed to be broken down into smaller sections and spliced together on site due to lift access restrictions. On some of the rooftop extensions tower cranes were erected on the roof above live trading shop units.
MPN undertook the structural design of the extensive Kidzania fitout. Unique to the UK, Kidzania is 5,000m2 children’s leisure/educational complex using role playing and adventure activities in a mini adult world. Constructed above a live shopping mall and the existing M&S department store the £25 million development not only included the addition of an extra double height storey structure but the installation and support of an aeroplane fuselage as well as the major building work and site construction works.