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Booths, Kendal

This new town centre store for E H Booth & Co Ltd was constructed on the site of buildings belonging to the Westmorland Gazette, and formed part of a larger development which include new offices for the Westmorland Gazette, several shop units, car parking and town centre flats. R G Parkins & Partners Ltd were commissioned by Design and Build Contractor Eric Wright Construction of Preston to provide design services.

The site was situated adjacent to the Kendal Fault, and as such ground conditions were a concern, and were found to be variable across the site, but becoming more consistent East of the fault.

Due to the presence of a low lying layer of peat, the foundations for the 2 level car park, and the foodstore were piled, whilst towards the Eastern half of the site traditional foundations were utilised bearing onto very dense clayey gravels and boulders.

One of the major problems encountered was the presence of existing buildings on each side of the site, and the proximity of the new structures which had to be constructed.

The store superstructure was a steel frame supporting cast insitu concrete first and second floors, and the roof was formed with space frame trusses, fabricated from circular hollow sections, and spanning 30m. These would be a visible feature within the foodhall and were erected having been pre finished by the fabricator.

Other elements of the project included the Low Fellside Apartments, constructed in timber frame off the car park structure, the North Yard Shops and Apartments, and new 4 storey offices for the Westmorland Gazette.

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