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Next dilapidation is a success
A Next store in Derby has been returned to its original configuration as part of a £85,000 dilapidation works contract we won with the high street retailer.
Clothing firm Next had adapted the 1,400 sq ft store, on St Peter’s Street, to be consumer-friendly and in line with its famous branding.
During a six-week period a team of 10 from Novus ripped out all the new features the firm had installed, both internally and externally, before the premises was handed back to the landlord.
Members of our team utilised their broad skill-set across multiple trades, working to flat plans drawn up two decades earlier. Their work included removing electrical work installed by Next, ripping out staircases and customer changing rooms and removing suspended ceilings.
Additional internal work carried out by the firm’s skilled trades people included the removal and installation of plumbing, the laying of new flooring and the refreshment of both plastering and paint work.
Externally, we sandblasted the front elevation, painted woodwork and part-renewed roofing work to return the outside of the building to its former condition. Where Next had blocked off windows on the rear elevation, we removed the brickwork and installed new glazing systems.
The work was completed to deadline and the property was handed back to the landlord in its previous condition, on time.
David Aldred, operations manager, said: “This contract gave us the opportunity to demonstrate our versatility and our ability to complete multi-trade work to a very high standard in a tight time scale.
“We completely restored the premises to the state it was in 20 years ago, providing excellent customer service and the highest quality workmanship while completing the work in the agreed time frame and to budget.” 
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