Continuing our successful track record of working for subcontractors on retail fit-out projects, Essential Projects has recently completed the installation of a mezzanine glass balustrade system at a newly refurbished Next Plc retail store at the Kingston Retail Park in Newcastle.
Situated just 4 miles north of Newcastle City Centre, Kingston Retail Park has recently undergone a transformation scheme to increase the retail space to over 92,000 sq ft.
As part of the transformation scheme, retail giant Next also took the opportunity to redevelop their store in order to update the layout and design to their latest standard which is intended to provide customers with an experience that combines shopping with leisure and lifestyle enjoyment.
To fulfil these objectives, Essential Projects was contracted by Central Shopfitters to manufacture, supply and install a bespoke glass balustrade system around a newly created mezzanine flooring structure which had been installed to create additional retail display floorspace and room for a Costa Coffee franchise café.
In total, 13.5m of 1.5m high glass balustrade was installed around the perimeter of the first floor of the mezzanine platform.
The glass balustrade was installed with 48.3ø satin polished steel posts and handrails and 10mm thick heat-soaked float glass panels, all of which were spigot bolted to the mezzanine structure.
The glass balustrade 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 on behalf of Central Shopfitters, Dave Williams said, “We work very closely with Essential Projects on a number of different retail projects and they always provide a very reliable service. The products they install are of the highest standard and importantly are delivered on time and at a reasonable price. Their onsite team is always really co-operative which ensures good working relations and communication between contractors is maintained.”