ISG has secured a £15.5 million project to fit out the new John Lewis department store in Birmingham. One of the Partnership’s largest stores outside of London, the 250,000 sq ft outlet at the striking new Grand Central development sits directly above Birmingham New Street Station, which has benefited from over £600 million investment to regenerate and improve facilities.
This latest win follows a further £20 million of projects for John Lewis, which have included a complex reconfiguration and refurbishment of the retailer’s Kingston department store, upgrade schemes at Bristol, Sheffield, Southampton and Reading and a commercial office fit out project close to John Lewis Partnership’s Victoria Street headquarters in London.
ISG will fit out four floors of retail space at the Grand Central development, which following a £150 million transformation replaces the former Pallasades shopping centre. Taking the space from a developer shell to a high-specification retail environment over a fast track programme, ISG will install raised access floors at first floor level, with majority ceramic tiles across the remaining three floors. The contractor will modify the atrium to form an enclosure around the existing staircase and escalators and install new lifts within the building. A major mechanical and electrical installation forms a key element of the programme – including advanced LED lighting and sprinkler systems throughout the department store.
Kevin Dengate, divisional managing director of ISG’s Retail and Hospitality business, commented:
“This is an excellent win for the business and strengthens our relationship with one of the UK’s best known and admired retailing brands. To secure this iconic project against exceptional levels of market competition is testament to the quality, consistency and strong delivery credentials of our offer and we look forward to playing a key role in bringing John Lewis to the heart of Birmingham.”