• Julie Wheeler


The UK’s diverse retail sector is an important part of our portfolio. We undertake mechanical and electrical installation and technical facilities management in various retail environments including warehouses, individual shop units and large-scale shopping centres. Click on the relevant number above to access the case studies identified below:

2.  Wilkinsons Warehouse, Ballast Construction
3.  Highcross Shopping Centre, Hammerson (UK) plc
4.  Westfield White City, Westfield Ltd
5.  Barton Square, Lend Lease

Wilkinsons Warehouse

Ballast Construction Ltd

Wilkinsons is one of the UK’s fastest growing high street retailers.  With 370 stores nationwide and an 80-year history, it caters for around 200 million customers every year.  Its Worksop distribution centre is crucial to the company’s future business plans and is recognised as the most productive sites of its kind in the UK.

We handled the complete installation of electrical and mechanical services integrated into the existing main distribution centre.  This included access lighting, general and emergency lighting, fire alarms, above ground plumbing and drainage, duct work and automatic controls system.

Highcross Leicester Shopping Centre

Hammerson (UK) plc

Located in the heart of Leicester, the Highcross Leicester Shopping Centre has been redeveloped to provide additional retail units.  Built on two levels, the additional units link seamlessly with the existing facilities.  The centre contains over 120 shops, including a number of high profile department stores, numerous bars and restaurants, and a 12-screen cinema.

We were appointed to undertake the installation of all primary electrical services to the new build area, including ventilation, domestic services, grey water harvesting, intelligent lighting, small power installations, fire safety systems, access control and CCTV systems and heat recovery systems.

Westfield Shopping Centre

Westfield Shopping Towns Ltd

Westfield White City is the largest indoor inner-city shopping centre in Europe.  It has more than 270 stores, 50 eateries and 4500 car parking spaces all under one roof.  With a retail floor area of 150,000 m², it was developed by the Westfield Group at a cost of £1.6 billion.  It features leading British retail names such as House of Fraser, Marks & Spencer, Debenhams, Next and Waitrose.

We were engaged to install mechanical air systems for the shopping malls and the fire rated kitchen, tenant and smoke extract systems. In addition, we installed the domestic water systems including insulation, trace heating and insulation to the condensing water.   We also undertook the installation of the mechanical and electrical services within the Café Court area, which includes 12 cafés and restaurants, which were all finished to an extremely high specification and designed to create the ultimate dining experience.

Barton Square

Lend Lease

Barton Square is a prestigious £70 million development and an extension to the Trafford Centre.  It is modelled on an Italian-style piazza with undercover walkways and large landscaped courtyards with elaborate water-features.

We successfully completed the full mechanical and electrical installation, including lighting, power, rainwater pipework, boosted water systems, CCTV and above ground drainage, within a demanding delivery schedule of 40 weeks and to budget.  The complex project also required that we interfaced with the existing Trafford Centre systems.