Bolton Market Place Shopping Centre wins ‘Best Large Commercial Building’ at north west awards – Tenos named

We are pleased to announce that Tenos has been acknowledged as part of the project team for the Bolton Market Place Shopping Centre development, which last week won ‘Best Large Commercial Building’ at the LABC North West Building Excellence Awards 2017.

Fire engineering strategy for award winning Bolton Market Place Shopping Centre
Tenos developed the fire strategy for a significant extension and refurbishment proposals at this multi-storey shopping complex in Bolton, which incorporated Grade II listed elements in the old ‘Market Hall’ part of the building.

 The development works included the introduction of a completely new mall, bar/restaurant and play zone at basement level; and conversion of part of the upper car park levels into a 9-screen independent cinema. The project also involved many unit mergers/realignments in the existing parts of the centre, and Tenos were able to provide flexibility in this regard by producing several options for maintaining the necessary existing smoke control and means of escape provisions.
 As part of the fire strategy development, Tenos:

  • Used Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) modelling to optimise the new mechanical smoke control system in the basement Vaults;
  • Used detailed heat radiation and flame impingement analysis to support the introduction of new modified kiosks into the mall concourses;
  • Applied fire engineering principles to escape flow calculations where people flows merge at final exits restricted in width by the existing building construction.

These significant works were undertaken whilst the centre continued to be fully operational. We were also able to provide expert advice on delivering the project and reducing the impact on trading units, whilst retaining the key fire safety provisions essential for the safe operation of the Centre.

Bolton Market Place Shopping Centre qualify for LABC Grand Final
The awards ceremony, which took place on Friday, 19th May 2017 at the Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester, was attended by over 530 guests from the construction industry and local authority building control. The Bolton Market Place Shopping Centre was one of 15 winners announced on the night and 18 highly commended projects in the north-west region.

All regional winners automatically qualify for the Grand Finals which will take place on Friday, 10th November 2017 at the Westminster Park Plaza in London.