Design & Display Structures have been appointed by main contractor Kier Construction Cardiff to design, manufacture and install a £1m+ 4,500m2 GRP architectural cladding package to 17 No Trago Towers for the £40m retail and leisure facility in Merthyr Tidfil, its first ever Welsh location.

Averaging 20m tall the 17 No tower modular cladding kits will be designed by D&Ds engineers and factory fabricated off site in fully finished condition ready to be shipped to site for fast track hoisting and fixing to the primary steelwork structures located around the building perimeter. Two of the towers will be habitable and enhanced accordingly with thermal insulation and double glazing. The GRP rainscreen cladding will simulate a variety of features with stone banding and lead roll roof.

Three types of towers are required for the project, each with its particular interface conditions with the main retail building to deal with. The tallest at 22.3m and 5m square on plan will be clock tower with a balcony feature, all topped off with a flag pole carrying the Trago banner.
Tower cladding installation works are programmed to commence end of Spring 2017.

The new store, which will be situated adjacent to the Cyfarthfa Retail Park, is due to open in Spring 2018 and will comprise a 30,250 square metre building, with warehousing, support services and administrative offices, together with internal roads and car parking. Once completed, will create around 400 jobs in the retail, leisure and warehousing sectors and include a café, garden centre, bandstand and adventure dome with plans to develop the site further by adding a petrol station and leisure facilities. Trago, which has remained at the vanguard of discount retailing for over 50 years, was founded in the mid 1960s in Cornwall by Mike Robertson, father of the current owner and Chairman, Bruce Robertson. It currently has three stores – Liskeard (the first store to be built), Falmouth in Cornwall and its flagship store near Newton Abbot in Devon.

For help and assistance with your project contact Allan Curtis 07718 320184 www.design-and-display.co.uk

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