Major structural transformation of Apple's first retail store in Europe to realise a vast double height space.
We helped transform Apple Regent Street in just 10 months on site with major structural interventions. Five floors of live offices above were temporarily supported whilst highly loaded columns were removed to open up the retail space. A temporary store in the basement operated throughout. Working with Foster + Partners, the project is our latest for the retail brand, following the new design concept revealed at recently opened stores in San Francisco and Brussels. We were the engineers on the original scheme in 2004 – then Apple’s first flagship store in Europe.
The new works involved significant structural changes to the primary building frame. These included recessing 2nd floor beams to provide greater ceiling height, relocation of primary structural columns, installation of new transfer structures, removal of the existing 1st floor level (mezzanine) and support to new stonework walls and staircases, all within the fully occupied commercial building.
To minimize the downtime of the store the client introduced a temporary retail facility in the basement space whilst allowing the more significant structural works to progress behind the scenes at the above levels. This required the strategic sequencing of structural enabling works which had to adapt the continually changing construction envelope. The offices floors above remained fully operational and apparently unawares throughout the process.
235 Regent Street