This project was carried out in two phases - the strip out of the former BHS Store and then the fit out for TJ Hughes.
The existing retail space in excess of 4000 sq m and spread over five floors, was riddled with asbestos which required to be removed in a controlled manner prior to the builderswork commencing.
All the existing Mechanical and Electrical installations were removed in their entirety. New fire compartment walls were formed to convert one unit into two smaller units and landlord fallow areas. Extensive fire stopping to the original structure was carried out to ensure the refurbished building conforms to current standards.
New service risers were formed to accommodate each unit, structural trimmer steels were installed to allow the risers through the existing concrete floor slabs to be formed. Within the Mall the existing shopfronts and bulkheads were removed to install a steel frame to accommodate the new full height glass shopfronts and roller shutters. New fire doors were installed in the landlord common areas of the two new units.
All of the works were carried out in a live shopping mall, sensitive environment. Through close liaison between the adjacent tenants and Centre Management these works were carried out whilst ensuring minimal disruption to the Shopping Centre.
Following the successful enabling works project, we were appointed to carry out the fit out contract for the new TJ Hughes store. The full unit including back of house areas is approximately 2800 sq m.
The works included the full mechanical and electrical installation including new landlord switch rooms and sub metering of existing supplies. All of the mechanical plant was installed on the roof which required crane lifts from the existing service yard.
The tenants fixtures and fittings were procured directly and installed as part of our works, new suspended ceilings and floor finishes were installed to suit the tenant’s floor layout.
The existing escalator was refurbished, and two new lifts were installed within existing shafts – all of which required close liaison with Kone. New shopfronts were installed to both the Mall and rear of the unit including display windows and fire security shutters. An existing 60m cantilevered canopy to the rear of the unit was removed to enhance the elevation and reduce maintenance requirements.
Gardiner & Theobald