Marks and Spencer PLC, Cambridge

  • Quantity Surveyor: Gleeds
  • M & E Contractor: Birchall & T Clarke

The full refurbishment two of its Cambridge stores in order to better meet customer demands. The Sidney Street store required a larger fashion offer while the Market Hill premises would benefit from a larger cafe and a modernised food hall.

BSD faced two major M&E challenges on these projects. Works had to be carried out while the stores remained open and as fully encapsulated asbestos was present, the options available to our design team were severely restricted.

BSD were appointed to design full detailed M&E services including heating, ventilation, lighting, power, data, sprinklers and fire alarm systems. The work was carried out on a phased basis within a tight construction period so a high percentage of the work took place out of hours.

The restrictions imposed by the encapsulated asbestos required some creativity from our design team. We planned new services which would not impact on the existing structure – for instance, we specified adhesive piping cable fixings to attach pipework as an alternative to drilling into the walls which could have exposed the asbestos.

Both projects were delivered within an extremely tight programme. Trading has improved significantly, with the refurbishments providing a fantastic new look to both stores.

The Market Hill store now features a 100-seat cafe with a new bakery in the upgraded food hall while the store on Sidney Street incorporates updated womenswear, menswear, childrenswear, lingerie and home departments.

To date, 2019, we are still working on M&S stores which include the refurbishment of an existing store and the new construction of a 2 storey M&S retail store located on a pre-existing retail park in Nottingham.