New glass canopy installed at Oakfurnitureland store in Peterborough


New glass canopy installed at Oakfurnitureland store in Peterborough

Essential Projects recently installed a new glass canopy at an Oakfurnitureland retail store based at the Brotherhood Retail Park.

Located on the outskirts of Peteborough city centre, the Brotherhood retail park cater for 13 stores and is home to some of the UK largest retail stores including Next, Marks & Spencers, H&M and Oakfurnitureland.

In 2012, the retail park was granted £25m by Peterborough City Council to completely revamp the space in hope of turning it into one of the region’s leading retail and leisure destinations.

Improvements to the park have been made ever and most recently work began on the Oakfurnitureland store to provide a new glass canopy that would shelter customers from any adverse weather conditions as they entered the store main entrance.

Essential Projects was contracted by Lodge Park Construction to help provide a solution and ultimately manufacture and install a glass canopy that would be fit for purpose and in keeping with existing architecture within the retail park.

An initial site survey was conducted to take precise measurement for where the glass canopy would be installed, a 3D CAD visual design was then created and approved by the main contractor.

After all design work was signed off and approved, Essential Projects proceeded to manufacture the glass and metalwork required to make the glass canopy.  The bespoke glass and metal work was then delivered to site and the Essential Projects team liaised with the main contractor in order to ensure the glass storefront canopy was installed slightly ahead of the project deadline.

A total of 19 glass panels were installed, of which seven were required for the central section so the glass canopy and six required for the outside sections.

Part of the project also included working alongside contractors on site who had already begun commencing with the removal of the old Oakfurnitureland signage. Originally the steel pillars encompassing the company logo had sat in front of the stores entrance but in order to cater for the new glass canopy, the pillars had to be picked up and fitted against the building.

Commenting on the project, Paul Halsey, Contracts Manager, Lodge Park Construction said “Essential Projects provided an aesthetically pleasing glass canopy at a very competitive price. They were very knowledgeable regarding various safety and building regulations and I would have no hesitation in recommending them for any other jobs that required bespoke architectural glass and metalwork.”

On behalf of Essential Projects, Managing Director, Eliot Saxton added “I am very pleased with the glass canopy we have provided to this Oakfurnitureland store. This job demonstrated our ability to work with existing contractors on site as well as providing aesthetically pleasing products that are fit for purpose.”

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