A first fix full of surprises
As our remit included a complete refurbishment of the space - encompassing new electrics, lighting, air conditioning and power/data supply - it was necessary to strip back much of the interior. It was during this process that we discovered a beautiful timber support and an exposed brick wall. Not wanting to cover up such historical details, we chose to showcase these aspects of Chester’s heritage by incorporating them into the design.
Instagram-friendly wall art
With holidays sometimes sold off the back a resort photo alone, it was only natural to pepper the interior with oversized images. These take two forms: giant light boxes and Foamex boards with backlighting. Both can be changed with ease and MPL created the latter to a standardised design, so they can be interchanged between stores.
Send me a postcard
One of the store’s most relevant aesthetic features is a cut-out vinyl world map wall decal, which is also magnetic so postcards can be displayed to make a unique piece of wall art. The map is further complemented by four clocks displaying four different time zones.
MPL Interiors supplied and installed a new ramp entrance, brochure racks, a drinks station with integrated water supply, wiring for a ‘people counter’ to track store traffic, new office furniture and chairs, two network-linked public-facing media screens in the window, wiring for an integrated sound system and added acoustic soundproofing. We also installed new exterior signage and a projecting sign in line with the local council’s guidance and covenants for a historic setting, and created a set of communal facilities, including a meeting room crafted from the old changing rooms, a new cloakroom and a staff break out/kitchen area.
“Today we have opened the new Chester Travel Bag shop and when the staff arrived this morning, they were incredibly happy and overwhelmed. I want to say a big thank you from me for your hard work, assistance and, without a doubt, patience!” Jamie Greystock - Senior Project Manager, D’Nata