“Outstanding” was the word used by Lord Wolfson – Chief Executive of Next to describe what was presented in front of him at the opening of the new £12m Next Home and garden store in August 2014.
The finished store has a floor space of 8310 square metres and includes a clothes shop, homeware store, garden centre and a Costa Coffee shop, spread over three floors. The store manager, Sean Hosey, added: “This new concept store will be an amazing visual shopping experience for everyone”.
The design by Next’s architects called for Jura Beige limestone faced walls & feature columns to 3 of the 4 elevations, structural glass and an ETFE roof over the Garden Centre, Conservatory and Main Entrance areas.
At the tender stage the Midas team came up with a highly innovative approach to the project by, replacing the suggested traditional masonry cavity wall construction with the Aerolite Rainspan rainscreen cladding solution.
The Dynamic Facades lightweight natural limestone panels are hung on cladding rails fixed directly to the front skin of the composite panels, clear spanning between the main steel frames.
Architect: Stride Treglown
Main Contractor: Midas
Installer: TA Colbourne
Products Used: Aerolite Stonework
Date Completed: 2014