Work has started on our third project so far in 2018 for retailer Next, having been appointed as a sub contractor on its latest Flagship store in Bolton which is opposite Bolton Wanderers Football Club. The new £12m store is to be one of Next’s new style concept stores which incorporate clothing, garden and home shopping in one indoor and outdoor complex.
As part of the new store development, Bulwell based company Essential Projects has manufactured and installed glass riser staircases to the interior of the new store which is located at the Middlebrook Retail and Leisure Park.
Located at Junction 6 off the M61 motorway and at almost 650,000 sq ft, it is the largest retail and leisure destination in the UK, attracting 11 million shoppers a year.
Situated opposite the Macron Stadium, home of Bolton Wanderers Football Club, the retail park has over 40 retailers which include household names such as Argos, Asda, and Marks & Spencer.
The new three-storey 2,731 sqm Next flagship store will replace the existing 3 units Next operates from within the park.
A main feature of the building will be the striking glass panels measuring the full 12 metres of the building. The panels will allow shoppers to see the full inside view of the store when looking from the exterior.
Essential Projects was appointed by Simpsons of York, on the back of work completed at a Next store in Oxford, to manufacture and install three glass stainless steel staircases. The company have also manufactured a number of bespoke structural steelwork products.
Two of the glass riser staircases will run parallel with the escalator to provide safe access from the ground floor to the 1st floor shopping area for customers not wishing to use an escalator.
The third glass riser staircase will be installed with a 45-degree angle at the rear of the store to provide access to the upper level atrium.
All of the glass riser staircases were supplied with glass balustrade, walnut handrails, steel cladding and tiled treads in keeping with other Next Plc retail store staircases installed around the UK.
In addition, Essential Projects was asked to provide structural steelwork that would help to support lighting rafts and roof lights.
A Costa Coffee will also be a main feature within the store on the first-floor Atrium. To ensure DDA compliant access to the coffee shop and prevent anyone from falling from the first floor mezzanine floor, Essential Projects added steel brackets to the glass panel perimeter and supplied walnut handrails for other contractors on site to install.
Commenting on the project, Eliot Saxton, Managing Director of Essential Projects said “I’m really proud of the range of products that we have supplied for this particular project. It without question demonstrates the versatility of our expertise and ability to manufacture a number of bespoke products in glass, steel and wood if required.”
Essential Projects was founded in 2008 by Managing Director Eliot Saxton. We design and manufacture bespoke glass and metalwork, specialising in staircases, balconies, canopies, metal railings and other glass structures used within retail, commercial offices and heritage buildings.