Appointed as main contractors, Cardinal have successfully completed the development of Nike’s retail presence in Europe’s largest and most prestigious department store. The contract, which lasted eight weeks and was worth around three quarters of a million pounds, was ran over two shifts seven days a week and presented Cardinal Project Manager, Paul Hobson with some serious challenges. Deliveries to Harrods are via a tunnel from Trevor Square and are limited to 7.5 tonne vehicles which are only allowed between 8.00pm and 10.pm each evening to avoid any undue noise disturbing the areas wealthy residents.
The project combined Nike’s existing three departments into one increased area of 450 sq metres and involved opening old stock room windows on the fifth floor onto Brompton Road. Cardinal manufactured all of the bespoke equipment including the TV walls, seating, till units and balustrades.
Cardinal were the first contractors to open the ceiling on the fifth floor and discovered that the old structural drawings were in fact inaccurate. It was discovered that there were double the expected 155 metres of structural beams to be clad putting Paul and his Site Manager, Andy Rice under further pressure to complete the project on time.
Harrods strict regime and high standards provides challenges to all contractors working within the store but their own Duty Mangers and Project Managers were impressed and described Cardinals performance as “excellent” as the project was finished on schedule.