This project involved the re-development of The Cattle Market Site at Bury St. Edmunds. The Cattle Market site was established in Victorian times on the town’s western perimeter and the new 265,000 sq ft (24,620 sq m) development designed by renowned signature architects Michael Hopkins Architects incorporates open streetscapes, an iconic 85,000 sq ft stand-alone Debenhams department store, approximately 35 other shops, 62 residential units, a new public building, a modern Market Hall and over 850 car parking spaces.

Silcock Dawson was appointed to the project by Centros Miller following a fee bid on account of its wealth of retail and utilities expertise. Whilst working closely with project architect Michael Hopkins Architects, Silcock Dawson provided conceptual and performance specifications for the site’s utilities, including new services and diversions.

’Centros Miller and Silcock Dawson have a longstanding relationship,’ explains John Laker, Managing Director at Centros Miller. ’Our responsibility as a property developer, to create vibrant new urban spaces that integrate seamlessly with the fabric of our towns and cities, means it is essential for us to partner with like-minded companies. Silcock Dawson has a phenomenal reputation in retail development and they were the perfect choice for this project.’

The specifications supplied by Silcock Dawson enabled Centros to space plan, mark plant rooms, locate where main utility infrastructure diversions and new services were required to allow a single stage design and build (D&B) contractor to be appointed. Subsequently fulfilling an audit role, Silcock Dawson worked with Taylor Woodrow, the D&B contractor, to ensure the design continued to meet the specification.