When Westfield bought a disused goods yard behind Stratford railway station in 2003, no-one could have known that 9 years later it would have witnessed such an enormous transformation. Today the Westfield Stratford City development is a huge hub that is expected not only to attract visitors from an area that extends to Hertfordshire and Essex, but that will also see 70% of the estimated 10 million ticket holders passing through the shopping centre on their way to the Games.
The centre with its 300 shops, 70 restaurants, a 17-screen cinema, three hotels, is also the home to the UK’s largest casino. It currently holds the title of the largest urban shopping centre in Europe and was built at a cost of £1.45bn
Providing services to maintain such an enormous site is best left to the experts and Grundfos Pumps worked closely with Imtech Meica to provide the final pump solution that included pumps that will ensure the supply of the chilled water as well as maintaining the low temperature hot water requirements for the structure, which were also supplied with inertia bases. The pumps were supplied via specialist distribution partners BSS.
There has been much talk of ‘legacy’ around the recent developments in Stratford and high aspirations for the future of the area, however the reality is that it is the supporting investment around the area that will make the difference in getting people to support the area both now and in the future. So with a new international station with high-speed connections and a destination leisure experience on the doorstep there can be little doubt that the finishing line is definitely in sight.