Speller Metcalfe was contracted to upgrade Festival Place, a shopping centre which houses over 200 stores. The shopping centre which opened in 2002 was in need of an upgrade to create a new shopping centre lobby and transform a former BHS store into a Next unit.
Phase one, which took place over 14 weeks, included the strip out of the existing two storey BHS store to make way for a new Next store. Speller Metcalfe made structural changes to the unit by taking out an existing escalator and creating space for a new one.
The site team installed a hanging steel construction frame to support the new curve glazed shop front which was part of the second phase of construction works.
This project was particularly challenging given that the site team had to work in a live environment. Speller Metcalfe operated a 24 hour construction site with disruptive works taking place at night when the centre was closed to members of the public.
The second phase had a fast-track £1.2m construction programme which saw an upgrade of the shopping centre lobby and wind lobbies in just 12 weeks and in time for Christmas. The project was delivered on time and to budget.
Speller Metcalfe transformed the square shopping centre lobby into a rotunda design. A lot of works were conducted at height – 11m in the air.