Wrightstyle helps retailer to shop a Lidl smarter in Northern Ireland
Wrighstyle has helped to complete Lidl’s first new concept shop in Northern Ireland that boasts wider aisles in a state-of-the-art energy efficient building and the added safety of fire resistant curtain wall glazing.
With the first concept store in mainland Britain also now open in Rushden, Northamptonshire, the retailer intends to refit 150 of the group’s 629 stores over the next three or four years.
Lidl’s Fire Rated Curtain Wall
With an extremely limited delivery schedule, Wrightstyle supplied 220 square feet of fire rated curtain wall to its customer Lynch Windows Ltd of Co. Donegal for the external glazed facade of the 3,000 square foot facility. We are also very grateful to Lynch Windows Ltd., for providing us with these great pictures of the finished project.
The glazing elements were fixed in a double format mullion configuration to meet aesthetic requirements, and were required to seamlessly integrate with other non-fire rated screens.
The “green” credentials of the store extend inwards from the external glazed elements with, for example, warmth from refrigerators being recycled.
Lidl opened its first supermarket in the UK in 1994, and intends to open a further 40 stores every year until it reaches a target of 1,500 stores.
“We were delighted to supply to this new supermarket, because it underlines how glass and glazing systems can play an important part in energy conservation – both by letting heat from the sun in, and preventing it escaping without compromising on its life safety function,” said Lee Coates, Wrightstyle’s Technical Director.
“Importantly, whle our systems can effectively and cost-efficiently help to regulate internal temperatures inside large offices and retail facilities, they do so without compromising on their primary functions,” he added.
Wrighstyle has supplied to a number of major retail projects in the UK and internationally, including Ocean Terminal in Edinburgh, home to the Royal Yacht Britannia, and Langham Place in Hong Kong.
All images courtesy of Lynch Windows Ltd.