Marks & Spencer Beaugrenelle
Building a little bit of Great Britain in Paris.
This fit-out of a new Marks & Spencer store in Paris, spread over 4 levels and 4,612m², allows locals to enjoy Marks & Spencer’s clothing, as well as food favourites such as English crumpets, Scottish pancakes and Devon muffins.
Such is the popularity of its food that M&S wanted to open a new store in the French capital’s most populous neighbourhood, the 15tharrondissement. Our 90-year old relationship with the much-loved retailer meant they turned to Gleeds to manage the cost of the fit out.
A building site within a building site
The store was being built in a shopping centre that was being constructed at the same time. Plus 8 of the 20 subcontractors were from the UK, meaning there were language issues. Other challenges included:
- Logistical problems and incomplete work on site
- Interface between developer and contractor
- Overspend due to the construction of the wider shopping centre
Vive la difference
To make sure that everyone was talking the same language, we:
- Provided bilingual staff
- Worked closely with the developer to negotiate and discuss additional costs
- Supported our client, both in this project and to this day
- Anticipated and correctly estimated additional costs
Gleeds is also working for M&S in Belgium, on a project known as Le Toison d’Or – due to open in 2015
the year Marks & Spencer was established, a year before Gleeds was founded.