A defining characteristic which distinguishes the Noel Lawler team from other retail consultants is the 37 years of experience we possess within the retail sector. This has ingrained within the team a unique and unrivaled understanding of retail. Central to this understanding is that in creating retail space we are entrusted with providing the environment that can be critical to the success or failure of the retail business. Across the discipline strands of the team is the philosophy that our business is to make your business a success. It manifests itself in achieving better commercial agreements in our site/building procurement negotiations and in the fit out procurement also. It brings innovation to our projects as we strive to design and deliver quicker without compromise of quality. Innovation also ensures that we seek to make the projects we deliver better than competitors while creating a different atmosphere for each client.
As part of Eason’s capital investment programme, all levels including the basement (pictured) of the iconic store on Dublin's O'Connell Street underwent a detailed refurbishment.
This project was completed in 2017, creating a child-friendly atmosphere to inspire and entertain. The ductwork was painted to add a pop of colour and also created a colour coded system that children could follow. This store was shortlisted for Retail Building of the Year in 2017 - something we are very proud to have contributed to.
Easons Group together with GES are currently performing an SI.426 Energy Audit on many of the Eason buildings. This has the benefit of giving the organisation greater transparency into their energy usage. From this, we can develop a roadmap for the client that they can follow to increase overall sustainability and CSR impact. This SI.426 Energy Audit acts as a practical example of their commitment to their environmental obligations and carbon reductions.
The LIDL Group are an example of an energy conscious and forward thinking brand. In recent years they have expanded and with them, have taken GES to explore energy efficiency opportunities in 70+ stores.
GES recently installed a 100KWp solar PV array on a LIDL store in Gorey. This solar installation is generating 90,000 kWh/annum and therefore reducing their dependency on the National Grid. GES acted as the project supervisor for this project, tendering for prices, corresponding with contractors, commissioning and insuring an optimal level of service and end product for the LIDL Group.
The concept of maximising the potential of smaller development sites in urban areas using under-croft car parking and first floor sales areas was trialed in many Lidl stores. In areas where vacant land is sparse, they have been innovative in their approach. In Rathmines, they purchased an old church and transformed the site to meet their brand guidelines.
Green Energy Solutions completed an energy audit of the Brown Thomas Group stores throughout Ireland as part of SI.426 compliance along with the development of a register of opportunities.This SI.426 audit identified energy saving opportunities which would result in annual energy cost savings of €1 million resulting in a payback of just under 3 years.
A sustainable development strategy was developed for the Group which encompassed energy and water conservation, waste disposal & recycling, and renewable energy technologies. GES is also acting as the ‘Energy Efficient Design (EED)’ expert as the Group is applying for ‘Excellence in Energy Efficient Design’ (EXEED) certification from the SEAI at its four city centre stores, including its flagship store in Grafton St, Dublin.
Brown Thomas have completed numerous refurbishments to the building over the years - and with a whopping 8,500 lights in the building, all of these have been replaced with energy efficient LEDs.
As part of the Applegreen Service Station Policy for securing new service stations, a full 3D dynamic analysis on each building had to be carried out to determine energy requirements for each site. The energy model would give details that would accompany each planning application where details on energy use, external lighting impacts, and noise assessments would form part of the submission. The buildings fabric design and future energy consumption can all be predicted in the environmental modelling. GES went on to submit LEED applications for many of the Applegreen service stations.
All potential M&E engineering systems are assessed at the design modelling stage, it can also be determined at this stage the contribution of renewables to the building in accordance with the building regulations.
In 2015, marking the 20th anniversary of DSquared2, the founders Dean and Dan Caten from Canada opened the first of their ‘European Concept’ stores in London. The store occupies a prestigious site on the corner of Saville Row and Conduit Street. After the fit out of their 4600m2 retail store, GES provided the MEP services for the new London design studio, which was previously located in a less formal form in South Kensington. The retail unit is at ground level, while an office space for administrative purposes is on the first floor.
The group take a modern, sleek approach to all their buildings, most of which have followed similar routine - sleek, dark grey walls with gold trimming and lighting. There are now 20+ stores worldwide.
Morris' DIY Store
Morriss’ is a locally owned Hardware store in Waterford. It is the largest independent builder merchant and DIY store in the South East. The store required a substantial extension and the existing store needed a complete refurbishment for which GES staff provided M & E design services.
Due to the low levels of lighting in the warehouse, large amounts of artificial lighting had to be incorporated into designs - because of this, other energy efficient methods had to be taken to keep consumption down. The building wide ventilation system reduced the need for air conditioning/heating to be running constant. Sensor lights in office/canteen areas meant that lighting in those areas would turn off automatically with inactivity.
A high-end store in one of Ireland's biggest shopping centres, Tommy Hilfiger opened a store in Dundrum Town Shopping Centre. The store required a detailed lighting design in particular. The two storey unit used a combination of ceiling hung and wall mounted lighting, while also including wiring for lighting within the stairs to the second floor. The 140,000 sq.m shopping centre attracts 18 million visitors a year (almost 4x the population of Ireland) and is a main tourist attraction in Ireland’s capital.
This store was the companies 34th store worldwide. The store is 75m2 and hosts a collection of bags and shoes - all of which were designed in New York. The store is based in The Shoe Rooms in Brown Thomas' flagship Dublin store at 88 Grafton Street. A detailed lighting display was designed by our engineers to incorporate projectors and rotating ceiling lighting. These were ideas put forward by the client rather than the engineers as they wanted this small scale store to have the same impact as a stand alone flagship sore.
Pictured above is SuperValu, Kilcock - one of many that GES have been involved in the development of. In this store, we carried out a Building Energy Rating (BER), an essential element in understanding a buildings energy efficiency level. This BER can be used by engineers in future when completing energy upgrade works. As of 2009, all buildings being rented or sold must have a valid BER. BERs are valid for up to 10 years provided no upgrade works have taken place. Green Energy Solutions have worked on 20+ SuperValu sites to date.