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Westgate, Oxford case study shopping centre extension

Project information

Location: Oxford
Contractor: Expanded Ltd.
Developer: Westfield
Product: recostal® 2000GT
Completed: October 2017

The background

Westgate Oxford is a major shopping centre in Oxford city centre, that was originally designed by Douglas Murray and built by Taylor Woodrow. The centre was closed in 2016 for major redevelopment and has been extensively remodelled. It re-opened in October 2017.

The challenge

An unforeseen discovery of a water main was holding up progress on site. Because the contractor was already using recostal® 2000GT, zones could be created and rebar fixed throughout the bays to the required controlled joint positions. Once the water main issue was resolved (after a three month delay) the contractor was able to rapidly pour the concrete in the zone areas, as all other rebar and installation activities were alrady in place. The programme was brought back on schedule. This would not have been achievable with traditional slab edge methods.

The solution

Inform UK supplied bespoke recostal® 2000GT permanent formwork for the full raft area which included five 5 separate zones, with concrete depths ranging from 990mm to 1340mm.

The result

Ease of installation of the bespoke shutters, in combination with delivery of the units on-site in pre-packed and labelled pallets, simplified the whole process. The ability to continue the rebar through the formwork enabled uninhibited fixing of the adjacent zone.

Construction Manager, Morney Thompson, commented, “by using recostal® 2000GT we were less impacted by the presence of the unmapped water main, which allowed us to advance the project in other areas…”


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