The shopping complex was built on difficult ground over the original town centre street pattern. This required careful foundation design using piles and ground beams to provide the support necessary for the steel frame.
The ground floor is a ground-bearing concrete slab, whilst the first floor is a suspended composite and metal deck floor slab. The roof is profile metal decking. A variety of finishes, terracotta brickwork, timber, render and glass are used to break up the large facades and add interest. The central mall has a continuous glass canopy.
The completed development is profiled in the RIBA Retail Specialist Sector Review 2007.