Glass staircases for retail giant Next Plc


Glass staircases for retail giant Next Plc

New glass staircases for retail giant Next Plc have been installed by Essential Projects within an existing store in Cheltenham which has recently re-opened following a major refurbishment.

Located on Cheltenham High Street, the 20,755 sqft store was closed in September 2017 in order for works to take place. The original store only had ground floor retail space and so the refurbishment included the installation of a new mezzanine floor to create a two storey retail unit.

As part of the refurbishment, Essential Projects was appointed by the main contractor to install two bespoke feature glass staircases to enable customers to access the upper floor shopping level.

Glass staircases for retail

Manufactured entirely in-house, at the Essential Projects factory in Bulwell Nottingham, we supplied and installed a 90°and 180°glass staircases, both of which incorporated 1.70m wide treads that were manufactured in accordance with the structural engineers precise specification

Both staircases were finished with 19mm toughened glass panels, and a glass balustrade system incorporating walnut handrail.

Essential Projects was also asked to manufacture a number of bespoke structural steel metalwork items. Steel members were supplied and installed in order for other contractors on site to install the new fire shutter door. A number of steel support pocket sections were also supplied to be fixed to the mezzanine floor edge.

As one of the contractors involved in the project, Essential Projects, Managing Director, Eliot Saxton, was present at the official opening on Thursday 18thOctober 2018.  The larger and more modern store now has an expanded shop floor area and is able to sell clothes for men, women and children as well as home furniture, furnishings and accessories across two floors of attractive retail space.

Commenting Eliot Saxton said “We are really proud that we are cementing our position as a preferred contractor on retail projects for leading retailers such as Next Plc. I think it is testament to the really good job that we are linked with projects of this magnitude.”

Adding he 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 which means we can work efficiently and effectively with other contractors onsite.”

To view other examples of where our glass staircases for retail projects have featured, please visit our case studies.

Alternatively, if you have a project that requires glass staircases for a commercial or domestic project, please contact us on 0115 975 5787, or email us at

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