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De Gruchy Store


This award winning project at the De Gruchy comprised the development of a new retail unit and the completed refurbishment of the existing store.

De Gruchy appointed store designers Caulder Moore and their review of the store revealed that layers of detail had been added to the building over its 200 years and that as far as possible it should be striped back to reveal as many of the original architectural features as possible. This included the opening up of original staircases and highlighting ornate ceiling details and as necessary recreate anything lost over time. This was combined with a very simple shop fit design which would allow the store identity to sit comfortably beside its brand partners.

The rest of the professional team including Tillyard, T&G, Hartigans along with Axis Mason, Bridgewater started to coordinate the programme of work based around Caulder Moore’s plans. This turned out to be a very complex piece of work involving the relocation of a suite of offices and upgrading the stores aging infrastructure without impacting trade. Ultimately this involved 9 phases of works over 18 months.

As there was no historic structural design information on the store, the structural engineer had to work very closely with Style Shopfitting and in collaboration, a process was instigated for Style Shopfitting to open up areas which the structural engineer would inspect and arrive at a design to best suit the site requirements.

An example of this was when the ground and first floors were opened up in preparation for the structural works for the escalator and the steel uncovered on the first floor was found to be possibly a wartime installation with rivets to denote it may have come from a ship.

The client’s requirements were closely considered by the entire team including the agreement of programme dates with the Project Manager and ensuring those dates were achieved. This required collaboration from the whole team to ensure designs were prepared as detailed on the Information Required Schedule to allow the various important completion dates to be hit. An example of this was achieving the handover of phase 6 on time to ensure this area of the store could be open pre-Christmas.

Style Shopfitting worked closely with the Project Manager and the Store Manager to make sure the store could function at its best while the works were being carried out. Hoarding positions and clear access for the public were regularly discussed and adapted to enable De Gruchy to trade successfully while the work was being done.

Careful consideration had to be given to enable the arrival of the various concession installations to go in on time. This included agreeing designs and dimensions and achieving dates so that measurements could be taken in time to allow off-site builds.

Style Shopfitting were appointed to the project on a two stage tender becoming fully part of the team in stage two. This was considered the best approach to ensure contractor input from early on so we could assist with the of the design, agreement of key programme dates and agreement of phasing/hoarding positions and customer routes etc. Ulster Stores stated that Style Shopfitting were also selected not just because of the competitive quote but because of their experience of working within a retail environment and understanding the needs of the store to continue to trade successfully throughout the duration of the contract.

As the work was carried out while the store remained open careful consideration had to be given to isolate the works from the public and the stores employees. This required regular meeting with the Project Manager and the Store Manager and planning for much of the work to be done out of hours.

Safe means of escape had to be maintained for both the site staff, store staff and the public. In addition the sequence of the upgrading of the sprinkler system had to be carefully considered to ensure suitable coverage was in-place.

Style Shopfitting realised that due to the unusual nature of the project, the project’s success would require the use of trusted local suppliers and subcontractors. A good example of this approach was the completion of the groundworks for the escalators by AC Mauger. This was such a critical element that Style Shopfitting called upon its sister company to use its vast ground works knowledge to ensure the work was done on time to meet the vital escalator delivery date.

Neville Moore, Managing Director of Ulster Stores, the owners of De Gruchy’s, “The store has traded well ahead of budget since re-launching. The addition of new services has helped generate footfall into the store. Customers love the easy navigation and new facilities presented in a retail environment that has been said to rival any department store in the UK. There has also been huge praise from within the retail trade and design community for the sympathetic approach taken to the building and timeless elegance of the store environment.”