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Wates Wins M&S Fit-Out Contracts

Wates Wins M&S Fit-Out Contracts
11 July 2023

Building and property maintenance company Wates is to deliver three large-scale fit-out contracts on behalf of Marks and Spencer.

Wates will work across three stores in Dundee, Uckfield, and Guildford, a combined area of over 80,000 sq ft, as part of Marks and Spencer’s (M&S) plans to transform its estate in response to changing retail trends.

The largest of the contracts, in Dundee, will include the fit-out of a 52,467 sq ft sales floor split across two levels to create a larger full-line store. This will replace the current M&S Foodhall at the Gallagher Retail Park - a project previously delivered by Wates. 

Work on the new Dundee store will include the creation of a new Simply Food store and cafe as well as home and clothing departments, becoming one of eight new full-line M&S stores. Wates will also complete fit-out projects for two new Foodhalls in Uckfield in East Sussex, and at Guildford Ladymead Retail Park, both approximately 15,000 sq ft.

The maintenance company has a long relationship with M&S spanning two decades and including the delivery of nearly 300 fit-out projects across the UK. Recent M&S projects delivered by Wates include the 25,440 sq ft Foodhall at Bluewater, Kent and a full-line fit-out in Colchester.

Scott Camp, Managing Director of Wates fit-out and refurbishment business, said: “Retail trends are constantly evolving and working with M&S for the past 20 years, our business has seen how agile they are in their response to consumer needs. Understanding their strategy is absolutely vital to the work we do and enables us to not only bring their vision to life but do so at the pace required. We’re very proud to have worked across some of M&S’s flagship stores, and we look forward to making Dundee, Uckfield and Guildford as exceptional as all of our previous projects on behalf of M&S.”

Picture: a photograph of the interior of an M&S store showing the flower and plant shop. Image Credit: Wates

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 11 July 2023


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