Situated 2 miles north of Torquay town centre and accessed via the A3022, the Wren Retail Park comprises 4 units totalling 47,843 sq ft of prime ground floor retail warehouse space.
The property forms part of the dominant retail warehousing cluster for the local area with neighbouring unit occupiers that includes Sainsbury’s, DFS and an M&S general merchandise store.
As part of a Next Plc nationwide strategy to update some of its stores in order to improve the layout and meet Next’s latest design standards which promotes shopping with leisure and lifestyle enjoyment, Essential Projects was contracted by Exeter Shopfitters to install bespoke mezzanine balustrade systems.
Having previous knowledge of completing in store fit outs on other Next projects across the UK, Essential Projects recommended installing two types of varying height glass balustrade to sit around a newly created atrium which had been installed to create additional upper level retail display floor space and a new Costa coffee.
In keeping with Next Plc’s in store design blueprint, 13 metres of 1.5m high stainless steel and glass balustrade and 7 meters of 2.4m high balustrade was installed with satin polished steel posts and handrails with heat-soaked glass panels. The balustrade was securely bolted to the mezzanine structure with solid steel sections inside the stainless steel posts to provide the necessary loadings.
The glass balustrade Essential Projects installed has now enabled the Next store to be completely compliant with current health and safety legislation by providing an important safety barrier and prevent customers from falling from height.
Commenting on the project, Essential Projects, Managing Director, Eliot Saxton said, “Having worked on a number of new build and store refurbishments within Next stores across the UK we fully understand their ethos and brand values. It is this understanding of our clients’ needs and our willingness to work collaboratively on site with other contractors which has led to our appointment on successive projects involving Next and other leading UK retailers.”
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