Hull talent on display at Grand Central opening

Published: Tuesday 3rd November 2015 by Rich Sutherland

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A Hull based contractor has recently completed a major fit out project within one the UK’s busiest transport interchanges, whilst it remained fully operational for passengers. A new store for quirky brand Cath Kidston has opened in Birmingham Grand Central, with the fit out completed by Hull contractor B Batch Group and UK firm Mace Construction.

A number of phases have been completed, including electrical and mechanical services, drylining walls and ceilings, flooring works, racking, storage, decoration and life systems for safety purposes, including fire alarms, sprinklers and PA systems.

The fixtures and fittings were all manufactured in Hull by B Batch to incorporate merchandising display systems, as well as a modern bespoke glazed shop front. The brand is well-known for its eccentric vintage displays and this Cath Kidston store has featured old typewriters fixed to the walls, a light box and feature hanging systems.

Leon McQuade is the Commercial Director from B Batch who is overseeing this project. He says: “We have been working with Network Rail and Mace Construction whose teams are working on the regeneration of the Birmingham New Street station complex, which is a multi-phased programme developing one of the UK’s busiest transport interchanges.”

“This is a sophisticated project as it includes the comprehensive redevelopment of the station and new retail centre whilst ensuring the train station remains fully operational for passengers.”

“Cath Kidston commissions B Batch to fit out their stores and on this venture, along with Mace Construction, we are really pleased to be contributing to the transformation of Birmingham New Street which is a £150million state-of-the-art precinct. To give an idea of the size, it comprises a new station concourse the size of a football pitch, covered by a striking atrium roof and a 16,000²m steel external façade, 60 retail outlets and a multimedia screen.”

“Working on a venture of this size gives us great experience which we will share with clients in Hull as more brands move into the City.”

“As with any project there have been difficulties encountered, however, with the expertise of our team and a collaborative working relationship with Cath Kidston and Network Rail we’ve managed to overcome these efficiently and effectively.”

“We are very proud to be working for and with Cath Kidston, and we are very grateful to have built up a long-standing working relationship over the past four years, and to have been appointed to assist with the fit outs of their stores in the UK and overseas.”


Published: Tuesday 3rd November 2015 by Rich Sutherland

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