projectMetroCentre New Red Mall



Working with a team led by Sir Robert McAlpine on behalf of Capital Shopping Centres PLC this project involved the design, redevelopment and extension of the MetroCentre in Gateshead to provide an additional 35,000m² of retail space incorporating a three level Debenhams department store, 28 new shops on two levels and a multi-storey car park with 1100 spaces. In addition a new state-of-the-art Public Transport Interchange was also provided.

The scheme, which was successfully completed at the end of 2004, involved some major adaptations to the site infrastructure and sensitive interfaces with the existing centre, which has a footfall of 24 million visitors per annum, and remained fully operational and trading throughout the construction period. Desco received a full duties appointment for the M&E services design, working with the design and build main contractor Sir Robert McAlpine.

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