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McArthur Glen Designer Retail Outlet – Swindon

£5m M&E Services Package

This project comprises the £18m refurbishment and extension of an existing high-end shopping centre, housed in a series of historic railway buildings. With a represented value of £5 Million forming the Services Package.

Works include the renewal and conversion of the disused Grade II Listed 'Long Shop', a stunning 200m long x 25m wide Railway building dating back to the 1870s. Now converted, the Long Shop, located opposite STEAM – the Museum of the Great Western Railways, can house up to 30 new retail units. This has enabled Swindon Designer Outlet to increase its offer and at the same time ensured the conservation of the buildings of the Great Western Railway Works’ Railway Heritage Area.

Swindon Designer Outlet is managed by McArthurGlen, Europe’s leading designer outlet group. It is owned by Henderson Global Investors, as part of its UK Outlet Mall Fund, in which McArthurGlen is also an investor.

The investment has not only enhanced the existing centre, providing a new hub of desirable retail stores, but has brought the total number of people employed at the centre from 750 to 1,100, adding an estimated further 350 jobs.

The new development is part of a much larger master plan including a strategy to make shopping even easier for consumers by grouping like brands together in special zones, namely premium/designer, high-street and lifestyle, as well as a food quarter and restaurant units. The new Long Shop area has included existing brands relocated from within the centre.

Tina Cumpstey, McArthur Glen centre manager, at Swindon Designer Outlet, said: “The regeneration represents a significant investment to the centre and will breathe new life into the Long Shop as well as welcoming up to 30 new retail stores to our existing offering of leading premium, designer and high-street brands. By bringing the centre into a new league of retail destination, this will attract more shoppers not only to Swindon Designer Outlet but also to Swindon.”

Andrew Rich, fund manager for the Henderson UK Outlet Mall Fund, added: “Investment in retail properties is a major part of Henderson’s total £12.5 billion of property assets under management. Swindon is a very successful centre within our outlet mall portfolio, and the expansion is part of our investment strategy to continue to deliver strong performance for our investors.”

Stephen Harty, Director, Pod Architects said: “An important part of this development scheme has been to ensure the conservation of the Long Shop’s original structure, keeping intervention to a minimum.. With this in mind the new build will work with the architectural heritage of the building, incorporating it within the design of the build while enhancing and maintaining the historic fabric of the centre and the Long Shop.”

Electrical Services:

Safe isolation and disconnection of existing equipment
New Switchroom
New Mains distribution
Containment Solutions
Small power and Distribution Boards
Mechanical power
Fire Alarm & PAVE
New Security CCTV cameras and integration to existing security suite
Data Installation including new cabinets and people counting
Lighting Installation including;
Bespoke lighting solution for centre piece “Rotunda”
New aesthetic LED uplighting luminaires for architectural feature enhancement
Replacement energy saving LED Luminaires for existing Malls

Mechanical Services:

New Mains Cold Water Service to all new Retail Units
Ventilation Installation, including new Heat Pumps and Air Handling Units
AHU matched Chiller and associated pipework installation
BMS Controls and wiring
Insulation of Mechanical Services
Air and Water System Balancing
Full commissioning management and delivery
Glazed Smoke Automatically Opening Ventilators
Relocated existing smoke ventilation AOVs and associated compressor
New Mall Smoke Curtains including the UK’s second concertina smoke curtain
New Gas Infrastructure meter and fully welded gas pipework
New Mains Cold Water Service and Water Meters
Bespoke new flues for existing LTHW Boilers
Existing Rain Water Pipework modification/diversions
Drainage Pipework
New Mains Cold Water Service and Water Meters
Ventilation ductwork Installation
New Low Temperature Hot Water Boilers
New pipework distribution for Heating and Chilled systems
New Gas Fired Hot Water Heater
New flue installation for Boilers and Water Heater
Air Conditioning installation for mall design solution