The ultimate global destination for luxury accessories
Selfridges’ 107-year old flagship store in Central London will triple the size of its current luxury handbag department. Its vision to be the destination for the most extraordinary customer experience will change the way customers shop for luxury accessories and designer handbags in its exceptional 60,000ft2 footprint.
Designed in close collaboration with the highly esteemed British architect David Chipperfield, Selfridges’ Accessories Hall is an awe-inspiring, wall-less single space destination without equal around the world.
Due to open in three main phases over the next two years, the Accessories Hall is part of the biggest investment project undertaken by Selfridges with over £300m having been pledged to transform the eastern wing on Duke Street of the London store over four years.
Within the Accessories Hall, phase one reveals 10 new luxury concept brand boutiques with flagship accessories including high end fashion names such as Burberry, Chanel, Gucci, Jimmy Choo and Mulberry.
We were appointed to carry out building services engineering works on this prestigious scheme.
Working hand in hand with the contractor to deliver a ‘hands on’ design approach, our team’s experience and expertise in dealing with complex building services coordination enabled a fast track delivery programme which carefully considered how best to integrate the services within the existing building fabric and structure whilst accommodating the interior design aspirations. This included the use of low energy LED display lighting to reduce the carbon footprint.
We carried out extensive tracing of the existing mechanical and electrical services to develop a robust strategy for accommodating the new department. A substantial quantum of existing plant was relocated from the ground floor into the basement areas to maximise the sales area and the creation of a new mezzanine deck at the North end of the site to allow for an air handling plant.
Externally, the masterplan will maximise public realm opportunities with the Duke Street façade of the store undergoing a dramatic alteration, making way for a new triple-height entrance into the Accessories Hall which has been created to unify the store’s hitherto mismatched aesthetic.
Mark Terndrup, Director of Building Services, commented; “We are very proud to be involved in this complex project where the team have worked extremely hard to guarantee that Phase 1 was open on time, delivering an exceptional quality space. We took particular care in the design and co-ordination of the building services to ensure that the installation was perfectly integrated with the finishes, allowing David Chipperfield’s vision for the space to be delivered without compromise on behalf of Selfridges.”
We are now proceeding with Phase 2 works in the corner of Oxford Street and Duke Street which commenced in January 2017 and are due to be finalised in the autumn. Phase 3 is due for completion in spring 2018.