Committed to retaining its local presence and historic links with Weymouth, fashion retailer New Look has undergone regeneration of its Mercery Road site as part of the Weymouth Gateway development
The purpose built New Look Support Centre is a modern three-storey building located at the entrance to the development. The finished look is one of clean modern elevations, substantially glazed to maximise the use of natural light and make the most of the spectacular view from upper levels.
Gradus’ XT aluminium stair edgings with Snowdrift (white) interior insert were installed to both the main and back staircases in the impressive new building. The Gradus XT range of stair edgings has been developed in line with The Building Regulations 2000 Approved Document M (ADM), BS8300:2009+A1:2010 and BRE guidelines, to provide the ultimate solution in reducing trips and slips on interior stairs.
Incorporating a slip-resistant material that extends around the leading edge of the stair edging to ensure maximum safety underfoot, the XT range features a locking mechanism to secure the insert in place.
The Snowdrift (white) inserts also provide a solid band of colour that delivers visual contrast with the dark grey carpet and the recommended 30 points difference in Light Reflectance Value (LRV), in line with guidelines in BS8300:2009+A1:2010, Approved Document M of The Buildings Regulation 2000 and the Equality Act 2010.
Esplanade Plus primary barrier matting with Boulevard 5000HD wipers in Jackdaw (black) was installed in the main entrance, helping to reduce the number of slip, trip and fall accidents. Esplanade Plus is suitable for use in areas of heavy foot and wheeled traffic and removes heavy soiling and moisture ingress at the point of entry, this can help to maintain the lifecycle of surrounding floorcoverings and increase safety for the many staff and visitors using the building. To provide a co-ordinated system, the building’s side entrances were fitted with Boulevard 5000HD secondary barrier carpet, also in Jackdaw (black), which offers excellent moisture and appearance retention properties and features a light scraper fibre for optimum dirt removal.
Gradus’ Times Square carpet tiles in Grey were also installed throughout the building, in order to create a modern and easy-to-maintain interior which complements the fashion lead design of the new building.
Sue McLaughlin, Facilities Manager for the new New Look Supoort Centre said: “With 300+ staff we wanted to specify stair edgings that could withstand heavy foot traffic, whilst also reducing the risk of slips and trips. All of Gradus’ products provide durability, maximum safety and are in keeping with the stylish and modern décor in the new building. The final result was exactly what we wanted and looks amazing.”