The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 76 (1998) > Issues > Issue 6 > The Trafford Centre, Manchester
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The Trafford Centre, Manchester

The paper describes the design and construction of the Trafford Centre, a major regional shopping and leisure centre on the outskirts of Manchester. It contains 140 OOO m² of shops and related facilities set within a landscaped site adjacent to the M63 motorway. Parking for 10 000 cars is provided. The superstructure contains over 16 OOOt of structural steel. There are simply supported beam and column arrangements, with complex lateral bracing to provide free access to malls and shops. Fast-track parallel working between the client, the design team, the management contractol; and the subcontractors, is an essential feature. The ability to control and accommodate change, sometimes after the structure was complete, occurred as the design developed and tenant needs were clarified. Over 30M persons will visit the centre each year. D.A. Woodward and I.B. Povall

Author(s): Woodward, D A;Povall, I B

Keywords: shopping centres;leisure centres;steel;braced frames;domes;construction work;cad;staad;analysis;imposed loads