Retail Design Features

Harvey Nichols Knightsbridge

Harvey Nichols Knightsbridge

Portview Fit-Out talks to Shop Spec editor, Can Faik, about their work on the new Harvey Nichols Beauty Lounge located in Harvey Nichols Knightsbridge store...

Hillier Garden Centre, Newbury

Hillier Garden Centre, Newbury

Neil Reik, managing director, Target Shopfitters, talks to Shop Spec editor, Can Faik, about the new Hillier Garden Centre in Newbury...

Maplin, Cambridge

Maplin, Cambridge

Jim Thompson, managing director, 20.20, talks to Shop Spec editor, Can Faik, about the new Maplin store design in Cambridge...

Oliver Malingue Gallery, Mayfair, London

Oliver Malingue Gallery, Mayfair, London

In early Summer 2016, Ganter were approached by Belgian architect Francois Marcq, who had been appointed by Olivier Malingue to create a new gallery space in the heart of London.

Big enough to deliver,  small enough to care

Big enough to deliver, small enough to care

Over our 15 years of trading, we have worked with many major fit out specialists – we understand the nature of your business.

The Berkeley, London

The Berkeley, London

A culmination of elegance and expertise, McCue Crafted Fit’s latest project is an impressive reinvigoration of The Berkeley London. Speaking to Shop Spec editor, Can Faik, McCue explains how a special partnership with designer Robert Angell helped to restore the famous Blue Bar and The Collins Room at one of London’s most illustrious addresses...

An immersive and flexible shopping experience

An immersive and flexible shopping experience

The brief to create a young/vibrant design for modern furniture company Dwell was given to je+1 in with the aim to create an immersive and flexible shopping experience for both stand-alone stores and smaller concessions.

Key skills in-house

Key skills in-house

According to The Benbow Group, the best way to control the quality and cost of key specialist finishes is to do them in-house, and this has been a major factor in the company’s ability to service the prestige retail sector for the past 65 years.

Transforming space into the perfect retail place

Transforming space into the perfect retail place

Established over 60 years ago, McCue Crafted Fit has gone from strength to strength in the interior fit out market, winning numerous awards and accreditations along the way. Awards have included the esteemed NAS Design Partnership Awards and the Retail Week Interiors Awards.

Manufacturing relationships, delivering quality

Manufacturing relationships, delivering quality

With quality workmanship, value for money and sustainability at the core of our business for over 50 years, Interserve Specialist Joinery continuously invests in its 40,000 sq ft manufacturing facility and its people.

Introducing The Toy Store to the UK Market

Introducing The Toy Store to the UK Market

Creating the first UK Flagship for a Middle Eastern retail giant requires careful cultural translation. Here, ISG explains how they helped The Toy Store prepare for a British audience and bring their UK expansion plans to life...

Craftsmanship for a commercial world

Craftsmanship for a commercial world

Oakwood Shopfitting was founded in 1987 and has grown steadily over the years through developing a reputation for the high quality of its designs and installations. With a keen awareness of the importance of working within client’s budgets and time schedules the company has become known for its reliability, responsiveness and cost effectiveness as well as excellent customer service.

Lush London

Lush London

Les McCracken, managing director of McCue Crafted Fit, talks to Shop Spec editor, Can Faik, about the Lush flagship store in London’s Oxford Street...

The Golden Hope

The Golden Hope

Shop Spec editor, Can Faik, talks to Kay Brannon, Director at Harrison Ince Architects, about the 6,668sq JD Wetherspoon property, The Golden Hope...

ExCel London

ExCel London

Shop Spec editor, Can Faik, speaks to SHH Architects Associate Director, Brendan Heath, about The Bridge Restaurant at ExCeL London...

UGG, Florida

UGG, Florida

Joe Evans, creative director, Checkland Kindleysides, talks to Shop Spec editor, Can Faik, about the exciting new concept store they created for global brand UGG in Orlando, Florida…
 

Penhaligon's Equinox Bloom Windows

Penhaligon's Equinox Bloom Windows

Millington Associates were delighted to collaborate with Penhaligon's on a beautiful floral window scheme for the Spring launch of the brand's Equinox Bloom fragrance, its first gourmand scent, with mostly 'edible' notes, evoking the 'quintessentially English tradition of afternoon tea'.

German Gymnasium

German Gymnasium

Tina Norden, project director of Conran and Partners, talks to Shop Spec editor, Can Faik, about D&D London’s German Gymnasium Restaurant...

Over 60 years transforming space into place

Over 60 years transforming space into place

Established in 1954, James F McCue has gone from strength to strength to exceed 60 years in a highly competitive interior fit out market winning numerous awards and accreditations along the way, including NAS Design Partnership Award on three occasions, Retail Week Shop Fitting Excellence and Retail Week Store Contractor of the year.

Talking Shop

Talking Shop

Shopfitting companies that speak everyone’s language are indispensable. From talking knowledgeably to designers to discussing retail objectives with clients, Barnwood’s fluency turns drawing board vision into a valuable business asset every time.

Life at 21

Life at 21

Bridgford have been around now for 21 years and have built a reputation that is second to none. Built on trust they are fortunate to have sustained relationships with an enviable list of retained clients.

The market leaders in shopfitting

The market leaders in shopfitting

Ranked as the UK’s no.1 shopfitter by Retail Week for two years in a row, ISG’s market-leading position in the industry is stronger than ever.

Three critical fit-out factors

Three critical fit-out factors

When it comes to understanding the needs of clients juggling deadlines, budgets and quality on an interior fit-out project - Jephsons gets it right; which is why it is trusted time and again by global brands such as Costa Coffee, KFC and Pizza Hut.

Gieves & Hawkes, London

Gieves & Hawkes, London

A culmination of elegance and expertise, ISG’s latest project is an impressive reinvigoration of No.1 Savile Row. Speaking to Shop Spec editor, Can Faik, ISG explains how a special partnership helped to restore the house of Gieves & Hawkes at one of fashion’s most illustrious addresses...

Topshop/Topman Amsterdam

Topshop/Topman Amsterdam

rpa:group talks to Shop Spec editor, Can Faik, about Arcadia’s new European flagship store located in the heart of Amsterdam...

Jimmy Choo Townhouse, London

Jimmy Choo Townhouse, London

Simon Rawlings, creative director, David Collins Studio, talks to Shop Spec editor, Can Faik, about the flagship Jimmy Choo Townhouse store...

River Island, Birmingham

River Island, Birmingham

Marcus King, design director, Dalziel and Pow, talks to Shop Spec editor, Can Faik, about the new River Island flagship store in Birmingham’s Bullring shopping centre...

The Ivy, London

The Ivy, London

Martin Brudnizki Design Studio talks to Shop Spec editor, Can Faik, about the redesign of the iconic London restaurant, The Ivy. Known around the world, The Ivy has been synonymous with style and status for almost a century, and the quintessential West End establishment’s new look encapsulates that extraodinary atmosphere that made it famous...

Boots Christmas 2014 Installation

Boots Christmas 2014 Installation

Boots introduced a brand new look for its 2014 Christmas gift selection in 317 stores, emphasising quality over quantity. CJ Retail Solutions was appointed to provide full project management for the installation of the campaign. The activity was part of integrated marketing activity, therefore all stores had to be completed by a specific date.

Ticking all the boxes

Ticking all the boxes

As Bridgford Interiors continues to build on its reputation and relationships as a leading general contractor in the interior fit-out sector, based on providing quality through a personal and dedicated service, the specialist interior fit-out business’ Business Development Director, Alan Palmer, uncovers the formula of its continuing success.

Tonic & Remedy official opening in Shoreditch Tech City spring 2015

Tonic & Remedy official opening in Shoreditch Tech City spring 2015

Tonic & Remedy is the celebration of apothecaries within British heritage*, combining precise and exact blends of herbs, wine and spices to aid vigour and a lust for life. Tonic & Remedy pride themselves on their quest to find the most unusual combinations, fusions, tastes and sensations to create the perfect balance for their customer. There is a Tonic & Remedy for everyone...

Armourcoat’s creative vision and understanding

Armourcoat’s creative vision and understanding

Decorative specialist Armourcoat presented a range of new wall finishes and colours at the Retail Design Expo in London this week - including a new on-trend metal rust finish...

Creating desirable spaces

Creating desirable spaces

From small beginnings nearly 40 years ago to the thriving business of today, CDS offer the personal touch with the expertise of larger companies...

Trust in us to deliver

Trust in us to deliver

Jephsons Shopfitters tells Shop Spec what makes it one of the UK’s leading shopfitting services...

Collaboration counts

Collaboration counts

First class skills are only part of what makes a shopfitting company an asset to a project. Where real value comes into play is an ability to collaborate knowledgeably with all those involved...

A company built on trust

A company built on trust

esprit UK Limited provides a premium interior fit-out and shopfitting service across the United Kingdom, Ireland and Europe to a diverse range of blue chip clients.

Bluewater is "one of a kind"

Bluewater is "one of a kind"

Robert Goodman, general manager, Bluewater, talks to Shop Spec editor, Can Faik, about Bluewater and recent anniversary.

Celebrating its 15th anniversary, Bluewater is “one of a kind”. Bluewater boasts more than 300 retailers, more than 50 bars and restaurants, a 13-screen digital cinema including a new Imax screen, Pirates Cove Adventure Golf course, plus Glow, the events venue. Bluewater is unique in being situated in 50 acres of lakes and parkland, home to one million trees and shrubs and numerous rare species of wildlife...

A vibrant atmosphere mixed with a traditional heritage

A vibrant atmosphere mixed with a traditional heritage

Shop Spec editor, Can Faik, speaks to Martin Brudnizki Design Studio founder, Martin Brudnizki, about Holborn Dining Room at the Rosewood Hotel, London.

Holborn Dining Room is a vibrant British brasserie, set in London’s latest luxury hotel, Rosewood London. Once a former bank hall, the space has been transformed into one that is both...

Harry Potter and the magic of retail

Harry Potter and the magic of retail

Fans of the popular Harry Potter film series are now able to experience the magic at the Harry Potter Studio Tour in Leavesden. Shop Spec editor, Can Faik, talks to Callum Lumsden, of Lumsden Design, about the 6,800 sq ft store.

Muggles and budding wizards have been enchanted by the adventures of Harry Potter and his friends for over a decade. In 2012, Warner Bros. opened its unique studio tour in Leavesden. It has since become one of the most highly rated attractions in the country and welcomed a million visitors within the first nine months of opening...

An expression of brand strength

An expression of brand strength

David Dalziel, group creative director, Dalziel and Pow, talks to Shop Spec editor, Can Faik, about Debenhams’ recently refurbished, flagship Oxford Street store.

The role of the flagship store has evolved over the years, shifting from an expression of brand strength, to become a crucial component of a wider strategy for growth...

Terminal 2 Heathrow

Terminal 2 Heathrow

Head of retail delivery, Terminal 2 Heathrow, Martin Rayner, talks to Shop Spec editor, Can Faik, about the mammoth project which is Terminal 2 (T2), Heathrow.

Terminal 2’s opening is the culmination of an £11 billion investment across Heathrow since 2003, which has seen the passenger experience transformed across all terminals...

In an unpredictable world, having someone to rely on makes all the difference

In an unpredictable world, having someone to rely on makes all the difference

Trust in the ability to meet every challenge and make projects a resounding success is something Barnwood Shopfitting has earned through hard work and determination.
Experienced, knowledgeable, skilled and commercially astute, Barnwood work intelligently, devise solutions to even the most complex problems and take great care of each clients’ investment...

A service built on trust

A service built on trust

Esprit UK Limited provides a premium interior fit out and shopfitting service across the United Kingdom, Ireland and Europe to a diverse range of blue chip clients. Here, the company tells Shop Spec what it believes sets it apart from the rest.

Esprit UK offers a complete and fresh approach to the entire concept of modern fitting out with their professional, creative...

Using space effectively

Using space effectively

Director of store development, House of Fraser, David Blakeney, talks to Shop Spec editor, Can Faik, about the redesign of Oxford Street’s flagship store.

Since changing hands in 2006, the House of Fraser HoF chain has seen a major shake-up. This flagship store is keen to dominate Oxford Street neighbours, John Lewis and Selfridges as the king of the department stores. The london branch of this premium department store chain has had a major redesign of late.
Well aware of the competition for Oxford Street shoppers, House of Fraser has gone on something of a campaign to...

A shopping heaven for the traveller

A shopping heaven for the traveller

Considering the current economic climate, it may sound like a bad idea to splash the cash on complete fit-outs and redesigns; however, if retailers don’t, how will they stand out from the competition. Can Faik speaks to Portview about the “experience” at World Duty Free, Gatwick Airport.
World Duty Free at Gatwick Airport in London was fitted out by...

An evolving concept in store design

An evolving concept in store design

Next’s recently refurbished and expanded Trinity Centre store in Leeds features a number of new concepts using natural concretes and timber. Can Faik talks to design consultants, Dalziel and Pow, about the 3,200sqm, high profile store and new concepts for 2014.

The latest incarnation of Next’s evolving concept can be seen in the high profile, recently refurbished and expanded Trinity Centre in Leeds. The 3,200sqm store features new concepts for menswear and childrenswear, as well as an updated womenswear and home concept – all developed by Dalziel and Pow in conjunction with the in-house team at Next.

The menswear offer is more urban than its predecessors...

Art deco in all its glory

Art deco in all its glory

Shop Spec editor Can Faik, speaks to du Boulay managing director, Michael Reed, about the fourth and largest instalment of the Hawksmoor family.

Hawksmoor Air Street British Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar is the fourth member of the cultishly popular Hawksmoor family and is the largest of the four Hawksmoor restaurants with...

Another banking success

Another banking success

Case study: Jamie's Italian, King Street, Manchester
Situated at the top of King Street, Manchester, the striking former Midland Bank Building was designed by renowned British architect, Edwin Lutyens, in the early 1900s. The restaurant occupies the bottom three floors of a 10-storey building, with offices and residential space above. Du Boulay Contracts was appointed to be the main contractor, having previously...

Establishing a foothold in London

Establishing a foothold in London

Case study: Montreux Jazz Café, Knightsbridge, London
Fans of the popular Montreux Jazz Festival, which takes place in Switzerland annually, are now able to live the experience at the Montreux Jazz Café in London. Shop Spec finds out how  the 12-week project unfolded.

Portview was honoured to be awarded the job of fitting-out...

Flexibility made easy - POSTED SEPTEMBER 2012

Flexibility made easy - POSTED SEPTEMBER 2012

For its Westfield Stratford City location, cosmetic teeth whitening company, Smile Science approached designers, Blueprint Projects, and shopfitters, White Rose Services to work on its “new concept” kiosk. Tracy Tran speaks to the shopfitters and designers about the project...

Where concepts become reality - POSTED AUGUST 2012

Where concepts become reality - POSTED AUGUST 2012

John Lewis’ first department store in London in 20 years showcases over 70 per cent new shopping concepts. Tracy Tran takes a look at the British retailer’s new Consumer Electronic concept within its £35m anchor store at Westfield Stratford City…

A playground for the curious - POSTED JULY 2012

A playground for the curious - POSTED JULY 2012

Ann Summers’ new flagship store at Westfield Stratford City, showcases a new in-store concept developed by Fitch, and Ann Summers’ in-house team. Tracy Tran speaks to Fitch about the “experience”…

Challenging convention - POSTED JUNE 2012

Challenging convention - POSTED JUNE 2012

Positioned at the gateway to the Olympic Park, London’s newest shopping centre, Westfield Stratford City is expected to see approximately 10 million people pass through for the Olympic Games, which starts next month. Tracy Tran looks at the design and speaks to Westfield’s design director, Simon Cochrane about what it was like to work on Europe’s largest urban shopping centre…

Making waxing a treat... posted OCTOBER 2011

Making waxing a treat... posted OCTOBER 2011

With its boudoir design, waxing boutique Strip whose philosophy is “waxing is a treat not a chore”, dispels the idea that waxing is boring and painful. Tracy Tran looks at Strip’s latest opening at One New Change

The cold-call that led to a strong bond - posted SEPTEMBER 2011

The cold-call that led to a strong bond - posted SEPTEMBER 2011

With 22 stores in Europe and plans for further ambitious growth, Urban Outfitters is recognised as one of the fastest growing global retailers. Since 2007, the Philadelphian clothing company has recruited McCue Interiors Fit-out Solutions as its main contractors for five UK stores and a distribution centre. Tracy Tran looks at McCue’s work with the brand

The designer touch - posted AUGUST 2011

The designer touch - posted AUGUST 2011

In May, Zagliani was named the winner of the retail category at the NAS Design Partnership Awards 2011. Tracy Tran looks at the winning design and shopfit.

Spec-ific design - posted JULY 2011

Spec-ific design - posted JULY 2011

When eyewear brand, Kirk Originals, opened its flagship store on London’s Conduit Street, earlier this year, it presented a design that was unconventional for a spec store. Tracy Tran finds out the inspiration behind the futuristic, art exhibit-like design.

The Stealth Bomber - posted JUNE 2011

The Stealth Bomber - posted JUNE 2011

Situated in Cheapside next to St Paul’s Cathedral in the city of London, One New Change is the City of London’s newest shopping and office complex. Tracy Tran looks at the building, which has been nick-named the “Stealth Bomber”

The rise of the pop-up shop

The rise of the pop-up shop

 

The recession has increased competition and has forced retailers to think outside the box. Georgina Smith looks at how this has re-ignited the trend of temporary pop-up stores.

A chain reaction

A chain reaction

 

London based contractor du Boulay Contracts has recently completed the fit out of the new Jamie’s Italian restaurant in the heart of the historic city of Cambridge. Here, the company talks to Shop Spec about the project brief and how it was fulfilled.

A new story for Levi's

A new story for Levi's

 

At the end of March 2010, jeanswear brand Levi’s re-launched it’s flagship store in Regent Street, London, with the aim of providing customers with a complete brand experience. Shop Spec finds out more about the ideas behind the store’s design and fit out.

Primark goes grand

Primark goes grand

 

Shop Spec takes a look at the winning project of The Land Securities, Store Design of the Year at the 2010 Retail Week awards and speaks to Dalziel and Pow the designers behind Primark, Bristol.

Onwards and upwards?

Onwards and upwards?

 

Georgina Smith discusses the effects of the current economic and political climate on the retail industry

Topshop hits New York in complete style

Topshop hits New York in complete style

 

As part of the Arcadia Group, the much anticipated Topshop and Topman store has opened its doors in New York, enabling New Yorkers, for the first time, to get the full Topshop and Topman experience on their own doorstep. Designed by Dalziel & Pow, the flagship store is located on Broadway

Westfield Shopping Centre: eight months on and still going strong?

Westfield Shopping Centre: eight months on and still going strong?

 

A great, white, temple of consumerism rising from the humdrum suburbs of Shepherds Bush, Westfield London opened its doors at the end of October 2008 to crowds of shoppers with a defiant two fingers at the financial crisis enveloping the UK and global economy. Conceived and built in the boom for

Recession: is it a good thing for retail design?

Recession: is it a good thing for retail design?

 

The lights are going out all over Britain’s high streets. Not just for Woolworths, Zavvi and Adams, but several big retail brands have downed their shutters for good or been forced into painful retrenchments. The prolonged consumer boom may have provided a stay of execution for a number of tired and

It's not all doom and gloom

It's not all doom and gloom

 

I know we are all tired of hearing about the recession, but it is a topic that we cannot escape, it effects every industry, including the shopfitting industry. However, it is not necessarily all doom and gloom for all those involved here as business continues to thrive for some companies whose clients think ‘out of the box‘ and require original and modern fit-outs to stand out from the competition.

Back to the Centre

Back to the Centre

 

The timing could be unfortunate. Just as worried consumers are tightening their belts, more large-scale town centre retail developments are opening for business this year than at any time in almost two decades, with 13 new schemes or major extensions in the UK. All, of course, were underway long before the

Finding Paradise

Finding Paradise

 

In May, following a visit by the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, the first phase of the 42.5-acre, £1 billion Liverpool One was opened, which saw 200,000 people return to the city centre. The biggest downtown regeneration project in Europe, Grosvenor's Liverpool One is a mixed-use scheme based around four distinct shopping

A Historic Challenge

A Historic Challenge


There can be few places in the UK where the importance of designing a shopping scheme to adapt to the surrounding environment is more important than Bath. The West Country city, famous for its Roman baths, abbey and golden-tinged Georgian architecture, is a Unesco World Heritage site and has attracted visitors
 

Shipyards to Shopping

Shipyards to Shopping

 

The £300 million extension to Glasgow's Buchanan Galleries, due to be completed in 2012, is the latest step in a long journey that has seen Scotland's second city transform itself from ailing industrial metropolis to thriving services-driven economy, which began when the shipyards started to shut in the 1970s. Glasgow was