Today, shops and stores selling non-essential items open for the first time in almost three months within the government’s covid-19 guidelines, which includes strict safety measures and social distancing rules.
Like many other sectors, retailers have had to adapt to the impact of the pandemic, consumers will experience a different kind of shopping style. Shoppers will be greeted at the door and asked to sanitise their hands before entering, once inside, clear signs will be displayed as a reminder of the safety guidelines. Entry into the stores will be limited to allow for social distancing to take place. In many stores, purchasing item’s will be restricted to contactless payments only.
Now more than ever, retailers will have a huge responsibility to ensure touch points are limited as much as possible, however where they can’t avoid this such as baskets, escalators and lifts, retailer will need to ensure a thorough cleaning operation takes place throughout the day.
We take a look back at some of the retail projects we have delivered across the years, some of which are also opening their doors within the new guidelines.
Fit-out of the previously derelict building into a high-end retail store in Mayfair, London.
Set across six floors, including a basement, we fitted out the high end retail unit including office space and storage area. We were involved in the demolition and alteration of much of the existing structure, ahead of constructing a rear extension. We also replaced and refurbished the existing facades and fitted out the retail and office floors to create a ‘warehouse’ feel. Because the design was constantly reviewed throughout the project, we produced samples to illustrate possibilities for the final look and feel for this McQ flagship outlet. View case study
POLO RALPH LAUREN
Structural Cat A fit-out of the flagship store in London’s West End.
We were proud to deliver the alterations to the existing 16k sq ft of space, including the breakout and reinstatement of the basement slab where we created openings in the vault walls, formation of steps and new concrete lift shaft. An overhaul of the services was carried out to the high standards of Polo Ralph Lauren. Works included LV and HV distribution, air conditioning installation including both primary and secondary pipe and duct works, first and second fix electrical works to support the shop-fitters designs and additional works to install sanitary ware and welfare facilities. We delivered complete flooring (wood, ceramic and vinyl), lining of steelworks, studwork and decorative finishes to the ceiling including alcoves, vestibules and the walls. Externally the building had new signage, flagpole and flag and some decorative mouldings to be in keeping with the surrounding retail environment. View case study
COUNTY MALL, CRAWLEY
Internal refurbishment for Standard Life County Mall shopping centre in Crawley.
We were proud to have been appointed for the internal refurbishment of County Mall. The project involved the internal refurbishment of the mall shopping centre, including decorations, balustrading and high level ceilings and lighting installations, along with works to the car park areas. Our team solidly performed and demonstrated amazing commitment working out of hours, whilst the mall was closed from Sunday to Thursday night inclusive. View case study
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