Originally Next only had a homeware and furniture store within Elgar Retail Park but wanted to expand the building and start selling their clothing range. In 2019 they acquired the neighbouring Halfords auto centre unit and submitted plans to redevelop the new store.
Several plans were submitted to Worcester City Council requesting ‘change of use permission’ for part the auto centre in order to convert to retail and enable Next to sell their large range of clothing, footwear and fashion accessories. These plans included creating a mezzanine floor and several other alterations to the layout and parking.
The plans also included redesigning the retail space to accommodate a new Ground Espresso Bar. This has become a new feature of all new Next stores in order to provide a wider retail therapy experience.
To provide safe access from the ground floor to the 1st floor shopping area for customers not wishing to use an escalator, one of the bespoke glass staircases was designed to run parallel with the escalator.
Commenting on behalf of RTS Construction, Contracts Director, Mike Lambert said “As always I am very impressed with the quality of steel and glasswork installed as part of this redevelopment. The team at Essential Projects are diligent in their approach and all round a pleasure to work with.”
Eliot Saxton, Managing Director at Essential Project added “Despite working amidst the pandemic, I’m really proud of the range of products that we have supplied for this particular project. Without question this project demonstrates the versatility of our team, our fabricating expertise and our ability to manufacture a number of bespoke products in glass and steel.”