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St Johns Square, Festival Place

Basingstoke

All works at Festival Place are being undertaken within a live shopping centre, with activities carefully planned and managed so as to avoid disruption to the retailers and the visiting public.

Oakmont are completing works in various areas of the centre to give the popular retail hub a new and modern appearance.  Our works externally will provide new extended shop frontages to St Johns Square, a repaved granite piazza with feature lighting, and the creation of a new ‘grand entrance’ to the main Festival Place shopping centre.

Works to the piazza area include the lifting of the existing paving, waterproofing to the concrete slab which covers the service yard below, and the laying of 10,000 sq ft of new granite stone on a new screed bed.  In addition, feature lighting, stainless steel finishes, bespoke feature canopies, and street furniture will be installed. All of these works will be carried out both during normal and out of hours, ensuring pedestrian safety at all times.

Extension works include in excess of 200 linear metres of façade and will provided ten shops with striking double height shopfronts.  New steel, SSG (structural silicone glazing), and zinc cladding will also be installed.  As part of these external works, existing canopies will be removed outside of the centre’s trading hours so as not to interfere with the normal trading of the retailers.

The new grand entrance will require a double height structure with new roof and full height SSG and signage. Internal finishes to the new mall Oakmont include new matwell, lighting, security shutters, new stone flooring, and internal enhanced finishing works to the walls.

Working within this busy shopping centre has presented certain logistical challenges for us to manage, such as limited access.  As a result, all loading has been undertaken out of hours and through slab openings.

Additionally, we have worked in conjunction with another contractor, who were employed directly by Metro Bank, with our activities being successfully carried out adjacent to, and in very close proximity to their works.

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