Case Study - Leicester City Centre


• New retail & leisure complex
• 2 x 45m glass footbridge links to the city centre
• 16 week programme for completion


• Selection of the on-site management team and crew of installers
• Appointment of skilled lifting & installation crews
• Liaison with SH Structures engineers
• logistics of overnight road closures & specialist access equipment


• Overnight works carried out
• Workload scheduled in teams according to tasks and skills
• Team effort and diligence from all on-site management and crew resulted project completion on time and to budget


The new Highcross retail and entertainment
centre is designed to make Leicester a premier shopping destination. The £350 million new Highcross development is set to change the face of Leicester, positioning the city as one of the hottest leisure and retail destinations in the UK.

The new mixed-use scheme will add to the existing retail core, with architects and developers working in partnership with major project contractors and local businesses, to improve the city throughout.

Development work on the new Highcross
centre recently reached completion and the
complex that includes shops on two levels,
restaurants, cafés and a cinema opened
in September 2008.

Major project stakeholders and contractors
involved in the Highcross development

• Hammerson plc
• Foreign Office Architects
• Sir Robert McAlpine
• SH Structures

Amongst the many stunning architectural elements of the new development, are the feature glazed link bridges that link the John Lewis store with the new complex and the new multi storey car park that serves the centre.

Specialist contractor SH Structures were responsible for providing these new bridges as a complete package including the provision of the specialist glazing.

LMC group was recommended to SH Structures to manage the installation of the overall the build, and to work within demanding schedules with their engineers on the complex design.

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