New stainless steel handrails have been installed by Essential Projects at a recently opened Waitrose store in Solihull.
Located on Homer Road, the new Waitrose store has created over 100 jobs for people in the local community and will also feature a new modern café bar which will include both indoor and outdoor seating areas.
Completed in September 2016, the new store build has been erected on 28,500 square feet of land, which will also cater for 190 parked cars. Funded by Waitrose themselves the total cost of the projects is £5.8m.
As part of the new store build, Essential Projects was contracted by Midas Retail to provide bespoke architectural balustrade and handrails that would accompany stairs leading from the customer car park to the front entrance of the store, whilst also securing the stores perimeter walkways.
After consulting with contractors on site to ensure DDA compliance regulations were met, Essential Projects installed external stainless steel handrails to the stairs and ramp leading into the stores main entrance. In total over 100m of external steel balustrade was installed to the walkway which needed to be finished with a curvature edge so as to run around the perimeter of the building.
In addition, Essential Projects also manufactured and installed 304 grade stainless steel marley wrapped handrails to the two staircases leading from ground floor car parking. The handrails were installed to the staircore of all six levels of the staircase.
A galvanised bin store was also installed to provide a safe storage area for packaging and other recyclable waste to minimise fire risk This metalwork was galvanised and primed to prevent corrosion and powder coated RAL 7016 grey.
Brian McAllan, Senior Projects Manager at Midas Retail said, “We have used Essential Projects on a previous job, I was confident in their ability to work within our demanding timescale and cost restraints. Essential Projects delivered a great service and delivered a full design package that complied with all the health and safety requirements. Our client, Waitrose was very happy with the overall finish.”
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