Highcross Shopping Centre

ProjectHighcross

The Highcross Shopping Centre CCTV Control room and two reception desks.

Scope

VES Monitor Wall

Operator and supervisor consoles

Two bespoke reception desks and lighting

Suspended glazed feature

Leicester city centre shopping area was renamed Highcross after a large extension was opened in 2008. The new centre houses over 120 shops ranging from small units to flagship department stores such as House of Fraser, Debenhams and John Lewis.

Given Intech’s previous experience working with the main building contractor; Sir Robert McAlpine, and the security installation company; Protec Fire Detection, Intech were requested to submit a design for a CCTV control room that would be suitable for this site.

The Client wanted to retain the same characteristics that had been previously installed in their other shopping centres such as the Bull Ring, Birmingham and Cabot Circus, Bristol. On approval of the design Intech were contracted by Protec to carry out the installation of the control room, prior to the new area being opened to the public.

Intech were then awarded an additional two projects. The Shopping Centre’s Management Company and Sir Robert McAlpine representatives where so happy with the level of workmanship and detailing of the control room furniture that they awarded both the Management Suite Reception and the Information Desk contracts to Intech.

Both reception desks where designed by Chapman Taylor architects and had very high specifications involving a mixture of bespoke woodwork, custom lighting, decorative glazing and framework. Due to the nature of the glazing a structural engineer’s report was required to determine how elements of the design would be achieved whilst being safe for members of the public yet still having the required features set out by the centre management and the architects.

This classic and elegant reception desk is manufactured from a traditional dark walnut laminate on a steel plinth with a contemporary glass feature on the reception desk top. This project illustrates a contemporary reception desk doesn’t necessarily have to be futuristic to make a bold statement of corporate intent.

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