The project of commercial building in suburb was designed for three specialist shops on each level. Many of these shops are part of larger groups, appealing to a particular sector of the population, and with very large marketing budgets to promote their own image. It`s well known that each shop must differentiate itself from what is in many ways a similar product being sold in numerous other outlets, and the brand name is the primary method.
On the main floor was placed a small traditional food shop, with counter service. As for many such shops have now changed to self-service for pre-packaged goods, and counter service for fresh meat, pastries etc.
The second level was designed for cafe service; with a limited menu, it is designed on traditional lines with the kitchen separate from the dining room. Items are prepared and cooked in a remote kitchen. Benefits include reduction of kitchen space (although servery and dishwashing areas remain the same), and lower labour costs.
Upstairs, the total retail space was designed for fashion boutique. Wheelchair access to all levels was designed with all requirements for accessibility and, in addition, environmental design should be broad enough overall and in detail to suit the widest practicable range of users, including most disabled people.
The conventional steel frame of building is constructed with hot rolled section beams and columns in the form of a skeleton designed to support the whole of the imposed and dead loads of floors, external walling or cladding and wind pressure. The arrangement of the columns is determined by the floor plans, horizontal and vertical circulation spaces and the requirements for natural light to penetrate the interior of the building. Also, the steel deck spans was designed across beams with reinforced concrete floor cast on steel deck.
As all the services common to modern buildings may be housed within the structural depth, rather than being slung below the structural floor of a conventional frame above a suspended ceiling, there may well be less overall height of building for given clear height between finished floor and ceiling level.