The Boulevard Outlet Center with Texlon® ETFE Canopies
The Boulevard (former “The Outlet Banbridge”) retail park, in the Banbridge area of Northern Ireland, was upgraded using Texlon® ETFE canopies. The development was undertaken in response to the results of a customer survey which asked for the opinions of those using the retail park. The introduction of the ETFE canopies, which cover an area 2,500 m2, has significantly regenerated the existing site bringing two major benefits. The first, is an essential form of protection from Ireland’s famously inclement weather. The second, is a modernisation of the existing building resulting in a whole new modern and exciting look for the retail park.
Installation during Night
The Texlon® ETFE canopies are formed from seven separate, but co-joined canopies, forming a horseshoe shaped roof over the retail park walkways. The supporting steel structure was fabricated and installed by the local company Woodburn Engineering. It was essential that all of the installation took place during the night to enable the retail park businesses to continue normal hours of operation. The ETFE system installation team from Simfield Access Solutions worked outside usual business hours. This also ensured the safety of all construction site workers and retail park users.
Naturally Lighted Environment
The ETFE canopy system has been designed to maintain a naturally lighted environment but it also accommodates the acoustics associated with the typical activities within the retail park. Those activities include noise created during prolonged rainfalls naturally occurring in the region. The use of ETFE has helped to promote a comfortable and pleasant environment for all users of the retail park. The architect was London based Turnerbates Design and Architecture.
About the Retail Outlet
The Boulevard is Ireland’s largest dedicated outlet with a variety of shops, restaurants and cafes. The Lotus Group bought The Boulevard (former The Oulet) in 2016 with intentions of modernizing the area.
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|Location||Banbridge, United Kingdom|
|Architects||Turnerbates Design & Architecture, UK|
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