After proving to be trusted partners on previous projects and our competitive pricing, lead-times, product quality and project management ability, we were appointed as Principal Contractor by British Land, for a new project in 2016. The aim was to deliver a bespoke Place Branding scheme for Old Market Hereford, which now sits in the town’s former livestock market. The design intent was to recognise the site’s heritage and to keep the area in harmony with the local architecture of the old cattle market. After engagement with Portland Design and Arcadis, a range of customised sign types, street furniture, lighting and decoration was designed, and then subsequently manufactured and installed by us.
The high-quality materials used throughout the project were laid to a precise tolerance, transforming the areas with new signage, soft landscaping and decoration, coming together to give a strong sense of place in the retail area. In addition, we were also responsible for groundworks, installing feature lighting, and service connections throughout the area, responsibilities which normally lie out with their scope but our team surpassed expectations and rose to the challenge.
The shopping area’s close proximity to busy roads and housing required our team to develop detailed risk assessments and a methodology which minimised noise and disruption. In addition to this, we installed barrier protection and traffic management measures to control the flow of pedestrians, vehicles and customers walking between tenants.
Our work as principal contractor also entailed the reconfiguration and alterations of the public realm. The client’s design requirements comprised of new planters, benches, lighting, totem signs, directional wayfinding and large architectural entrance features. This involved a range of tradesmen and suppliers collaborating under the supervision of our on-site team.
The project was completed after six months from initial engagement and the result was a welcoming, modern space, home to open-air retail and leisure facilities with a look and feel in keeping with the surrounding area.
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