New standard for Wickes stores
Published: 21 December, 2016
Landmark Wickes store under way in Crawley
Works have commenced on a landmark store for Wickes Home Improvement designed and planned by the Reading office of architects, The Harris Partnership.
Steelwork is underway on the £3m building which is being constructed on site designated by the local authority as a gateway to Crawley within the Manor Royal Business District. As a result the site is subject to a Supplementary Guidance document dictating the need for a high quality landmark building and this is reflected in the design and construction detailing.
The flagship store represents a significant departure from the traditional Wickes store appearance with its inclusion of curtain wall glazing providing an elegant, contemporary profile as well as enhanced visibility into the showroom exhibits replacing the standard shelving to external walls display format.
The architects and the main contractor, Mildren Construction, expect the building to achieve a BREEAM Very Good Standard rating when completed in spring 2017.