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TREMCO continues 30-year relationship with the North-East’s leading retail destination


TREMCO’s Migutrans mechanical movement joints have been installed in a new extension to Gateshead’s intu Metrocentre retail and leisure complex, continuing a relationship that goes back to the original construction 30 years ago.

Approximately 65 linear metres of Migutrans FS110 profiles were installed by specialist contractor, Plunkett Tiling, on behalf of the main contractor, Sir Robert McAlpine.

The project involved the construction of a new 45,000 sq ft extension to the Qube – intu Metrocentre’s main leisure area housing restaurants and an iMax cinema.

The £17m extension hosts no fewer than 11 new restaurants, including branches of leading chains such as Ask, Bella Italia and TGI FRIDAYS.

The Qube itself was built in 2009 as an addition to the original intu Metrocentre and has proved to be enormously successful; its Odeon cinema even out-performing the more famous Odeon Leicester Square on a regular basis.

At each phase in its development, TREMCO’s movement joints have been specified for intu Metrocentre. When it opened originally in 1986, intu Metrocentre incorporated Interspan – now Migutec – movement joint profiles throughout. Migutrans movement joint profiles have been incorporated in all the various mall refurbishments ever since.

“We have installed most of the joints during the various extensions and refurbishments at intu Metrocentre” explains Geoff Williams, Managing Director of Plunkett Tiling.

A long-standing customer, Plunkett Tiling specifies TREMCO’s movement joints on the majority of projects like the Qube.

“We tend to put TREMCO forward on these types of projects as they are highly suitable for the shopping centre environment and stand up extremely well to the wear and tear of daily use,” says Geoff.

Ease and speed of installation are also factors to consider, especially when retro-fitting expansion joints in a “live” environment. Plunkett had to plan its work so that the shopping centre remained open to customers and shops could continue trading.

“We did the installation in phases, with the working areas closed off to the public with temporary site hoarding. In this way, we completed the installations in sections and access was always ensured at all times,” says Geoff.

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