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Asda Barnes Hill

Asda Barnes Hill, constructed in Birmingham on a brownfield site, was granted planning permission on 7th February 2011. The store which was constructed with parking both at sales level and beneath the store, provides circa 40,000sqft sales area accessed at grade and also by travelators from basement parking to sales area. 

Notable points to this project were the inclusion of a diverted storm brook, re-design of parkland area, cladding treatment in respect to colours, use of timber cladding and large areas of curtain wall glazing. This was all constructed on a brownfield site used as an existing RSPCA rescue centre, within a residential area with a major electricity pylon crossing the site.

Project BIM Model

BIM way of working was utilised to aid the scheme in respect to value engineering, full co-ordination of all elements, including health and safety in respect to works adjacent electricity pylons, clash detection, cut and fill approach and virtual build of the scheme. communicating to stakeholders for sign off, all leading to a build once and minimal errors when the project hit site.

The elements of the project produced in 3d data included architectural, structural, civils, M&E, sprinklers, steel fabrication, refrigeration – all working in a single co-ordinated model .

Project Scope

Working with our client ISG, our role as lead consultant required a completed detail design to be developed from the employers requirements specification and planning drawings. 

Focus included the works to the diverted brook and also on the issues that a live electricity pylon creates to the project, both now and in the future.

This required a fully collaborative way of working with all parties involved to produce a best value and best programme approach to the scheme, so every element was reviewed and questioned on the requirements and approach to its construction.

A total of £1.7m saving was generated on the scheme allowing works to proceed on site.

We continued to develop construction drawings for all elements of the build, monitoring works on site and attending both design team meetings and client meetings.

A continued update of the BIM data continued throughout the build with a handover of data at completion.




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