Marks & Spencer General Store Bilbao

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The new Marks & Spencer General Store in Bilbao was built taking advantage of the stately facade of a building on one of the main avenues of the city. The rest of the building was completely demolished and rebuilt.
Bovis Lend Lease was responsible for planning, procurement and cost control of various work packages, using a 2-stage lump sum approach.
The project was divided into two stages. The first stage consisted in the planning and procurement of the works, as well as the retention of the protected facade along with the demolition of two buildings with approximately 1,200 m2 per floor and six floors in total. This stage was completed in 3 months.
At the same time the rest of the works were procured and awarded. The new building covers 7,000m² of surface area. It has 4 sales floors, 1 back-of-house floor and 2 floors for offices and equipment. Services include 1 passenger lift, 1 goods lift, 2 flights of escalators, toilet facilities on top floor to be shared by public and staff, and kitchen and lounge area for staff.
The main facade was carefully restored, in co-ordination with the Dept. of Restoration of the City Council of Bilbao. The demolition was complicated due to the building being located in downtown Bilbao. The traffic had to be co-ordinated to let the dump trucks in during the hours and days scheduled by the City Council.
The same situation occurred with the facade retention due to the fact that the structural support had to be placed on the footpath of a main avenue with constant pedestrian traffic. Extreme security measures were undertaken to protect workers and the public.
The site logistics were of fundamental importance, in order to limit site access, co-ordinate delivery of materials and minimise disturbance to neighbouring buildings and the public from noise and dust