Loughton Contracts were chosen to supply and install the floor finishes to Microsoft’s first UK retail store located at London’s Oxford Circus. The project was managed by Overbury Plc and designed by Gensler UK. Our install programme for the £1m flooring contract was extremely tight at just ten weeks, our experience of large projects within short deadlines is absolutely second to none.
New floor finishes were supplied and installed from the basement right up to the top floor of Microsoft’s new UK retail store.
The back of house areas received over 500m2 of Forbo Marmoleum tiles following extensive prep work to the existing concrete sub floor. A liquid DPM was utilized to prevent any moisture ingress.
The Ground and First floor retail areas had an 18mm plywood sub floor installed followed by an unfinished American White Oak engineered floor. Over 700m2 of material was hand selected and shipped from America to ensure continuity with the software giant’s US stores. Once installed the floor was sanded out of hours and finished with a hard-wearing ceramic coating.
The helical timber staircase was clad in solid American White Oak and finished with brass C.A.T. nosings.
Meeting and gaming rooms on the 1st and 2nd floors had 230m2 of carpet tiles installed to give a softer contrast and help with acoustics.
A very tight and aggressive fit out programme meant that we worked in day and night teams to allow other trades access across the retail floors, sequencing meetings were held every evening.
The timber flooring throughout ran on a 45-degree angle to align with the shop front opening. Precision cutting was required to produce a uniform finish around the curved main staircase atrium.
Timber was installed to concealed circular floor socket lids ensuring that the timber grain was continuous throughout. Careful coordination with the electrical contractor was paramount to ensure locations were correct.
The project was completed in perfect time and handed over to the client ready for the customers coming through for their grand opening.