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John Lewis seek cladding contractor

5 September 2011 No Comment

John Lewis is searching for a contractor to clad its new Birmingham department store, reports the Construction Enquirer.

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In partnership with Network Rail, John Lewis is inviting tenders from cladding firms for the contract, which is said to be worth in the region of £3 million to £5 million. The building has been designed with a ‘futuristic’ feel and the retail giant hopes the exterior, most likely to be metal cladding to fit with the theme, will create a “stunning store.”

Birmingham Gateway regeneration project

The store will be the “centre piece” of the new Birmingham Gateway regeneration project at Birmingham New Street Railway Station.

The scheme will transform the current 1960s station into a “bright, modern, 21st century focal point” for the city, comprising a new concourse, a light-filled atrium and improved pedestrian access.

The new John Lewis store will be situated on the south side of the station, on the site of a forty-year old tower block which is in the process of being demolished.

4,500 square metres of cladding

According to the Construction Index, the job will involve the installation of 4,500 square metres of cladding and contractors will be required to design, supply and manufacture the wall covering.

Cladding will be required on four floors, from the first floor to the fifth, where there will be a parapet. The cladding will provide thermal insulation and protect the building against weathering.

The tender process is open until 8 September.

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