Specialist manufacturers of bespoke architectural metalwork and glasswork, Essential Projects has recently finished the fit out at a new Next store which has been dubbed as “the first of its kind” as the retailer responds to new shopping habits.
Formerly home to Debenhams, the department-style store located at Atria Watford includes a clothing department for women, men, and children, along with a home department and the existing beauty hall, spread over three floors under one roof.
The expanded offering will also include concessions from partner brands including Victoria’s Secret, Bath & Body Works, Mamas & Papas, and Costa Coffee.
As part of the redevelopment, Essential Projects was contracted to manufacture, supply and install the bespoke feature glass staircases for which the Next in-store customer experience has become renowned.
The feature staircase now links the ground floor clothing areas to the first floor Home, Bath & Body Works and Mamas & Papas areas.
To allow for a change in the layout from the old Debenhams store, Essential Projects had to install additional structural support steelwork to reinforce areas surrounding the new bespoke staircase.
In keeping with other Next interior design concepts used within other stores around the UK, Essential Projects also added a 1.1m high glass balustrade underneath the glass staircase.
A number of other metal and glass products were also installed, including stainless steel cladding and two bespoke glass gates used to encompass window beds.
Commenting on the project on behalf of Essential Projects, Eliot Saxton said “This is the first Next store in England that offers such a range of departments. I am proud of the metalwork we have delivered, which now enable Next’s customers to move easily between the various levels and different departments within the store.”
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