McArthur Glen - Designer Outlet Village, Ashford
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Year of construction
Name of the client/building owner
BAA McArthur Glen UK Ltd
Function of building
Shops and stores
- Degree of enclosure
Temperate - cold winters and mild summers
- Type of application of the membrane
Located on the outskirt of Ashford in Kent, this 35,000 square metre continous tensile canopy, is the largest in the world and is at the cutting edge of building design. The continuous tensile canopy contains a number of smaller retail units and is designed around a central car park reached from the South entrance.
It sits on a reclaimed brownfield site, it responds positively to its surroundings by forming a continuation of the adjacent landscaping and it provides an icon for the Client with its vertical drama. The use of a tensile structure has allowed the solution to be realised for the minimum of cost and has allowed the system to be installed quickly.
Buro Happold engineers were involved in the tensile structure design as well as highway and transport engineering for the whole site. Pedestrians and train passengers enter at the north end of the site past a tourist information centre, large food court, management accommodation and public display area.
Description of the environmental conditions
A lot of the structure is open and provides shelter for the retail units. The food court, which also has a fabric roof cover offers a semi-internal environment.
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