Essential Projects has recently completed the installation of structural steelwork at a newly redeveloped Next Plc retail store in Barrow in Furness.
The Next store lies within the central Barrow-in-Furness Conservation Area and forms part of the Grade II-listed former John Whinnerah Institute. As such, planning applications had to be submitted in order to make a number of alterations to the store.
Like all retail stores, Next was forced to close its doors due to Covid-19 restrictions. During this period of closure, they used this time to upgrade the facilities to give shoppers a new and improved shopping experience.
Next wanted to make changes to the shopfront and add new signage to the outside of the store in a bid to ‘enhance’ the modern facade. Due to the historical significance of the site any changes could not involve any loss or change to the remaining historic building fabric.
Once planning was approved, Essential Projects was contracted by H& J Martin to supply and install structural steelwork as part of the redevelopment of the shop front. The new shop front was installed at a higher level to make use of the space available and take advantage of the light that now enters the store front.
As well as providing additional works to reinstate existing external cladding to the front facade including the supply and installation of new flashing, Essential Projects also supplied a powder coated door heater support unit, to retain the original aesthetics of the store.
Commenting on the redevelopment, Essential Projects, Managing Director, Eliot Saxton said “Although at first there were many planning constraints to overcome, I’m delighted that we have been able to help Next modernise this store in time to welcome back new and existing customers”
A spokesperson from Next Plc, added “We really feel our customers’ shopping experience will be improved by the renovation; from the impressive atrium addition, to the newly installed glass walls, together both transform the space and make the store feel a lot brighter and airier.”