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Dunelm Retail Store Nottingham

Dunelm Retail Store Nottingham is a 23,000 sq ft Queen’s Drive purpose-built shop is one of the first to be chosen by the chain to feature its new-look layout and brighter entrance.

BSP Consulting provided the full civil and structural engineering services for the Dunelm development on Queen’s Drive which was built by J Tomlinson with Benchmark Property for Davidsons Developments.

BSP was previously associated with specialist homewares retailer Dunelm when the company provided engineering services for the Dunelm Group’s award-winning headquarters at Watermead Business Park, Syston, near Leicester.

At the time of opening,  store manager Naomi McCalla said she expected “tens of thousands”of customers to visit each week.

Dunelm, founded in Leicester in 1979, and now has a nationwide chain of stores.

Key challenges and engineering solutions:

The Dunelm Retail Store Nottingham is a 11mm high steel framed building with a 2.7m high feature parapet.

The ground conditions, 8m of Alluvium over Sandstone bedrock required the used of piled foundations.

A total of 210 driven piles were used to support the steel frame, the external façade and the ground floor slab.

The ground floor slab was required to support a future first floor mezzanine, that applied column loads of up to 170kN onto the slab.

A 350mm thick steel fibre reinforced floor was designed to support the mezzanine column loads.

A 700mm square pile head was used on each pile under the slab to reduce punching shear stress in the floor slab.

Due to the presence of hydrocarbons within the Alluvium, a gas/hydrocarbon vapour membrane was used under the footprint of the building.

Here is another retail project BSP has worked on:

Tesco Superstore Rotherham Yorkshire


  • Civil Engineering
  • Structural Engineering


Benchmark Property


J Tomlinson


Stephen George & Partners

Project Description

A 23,000 sq ft retail unit.




12 Months


June 2016

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