Sloane Curtis complete shopping centre enabling works

2nd September 2017

Customer: Sports Direct
Location:   Strand shopping centre, Isle of Man

Sloane Curtis is very proud to announce that enabling works for a range of new stores and facilities at the popular Strand Shopping Centre in Douglas, Isle of Man, are complete and were delivered on time.

The contract was awarded to Sloane Curtis by The Strand owners, Sports Direct International, following the successful completion of previous Sport Direct refurbishment projects carried out over the last 18 months.

Scope of works

The scope of the contract was for enabling/shell works to be carried out on the 40,000 sq. ft. building in advance of the fit out of a new 22,000 sq. ft. Sports Direct store and a new 9,000 sq. ft. Flannels store. The works were completed in phases in order to cause minimal disruption to the 30,000 shoppers who visit the centre every week.

An outline of works included:

External Works

Remedial and maintenance works commenced with the existing main felted flat roof and lower balcony roofs being overlaid with Protec Roofing System by Polyroof, providing a 20 year manufactures guarantee & 10 year insurance backed guarantee.

The existing high level atrium roof was then overhauled and re-glazed with new high performance solar control glazing units. All glazing seals and gaskets were inspected and replaced where required and opening fanlights were fitted with rain detection sensors.

Internal Works

The new internal design incorporated infilling the existing atrium (approx. 200 sqm) at 1st floor level with a reinforced, cast insitu concrete slab on permanent formwork, all supplied on a new structural steel framework inclusive of cambered main steels.

The lower ground and ground floor vacant units were fully stripped out, removing all existing walls, ceilings, fixtures, partitions, wiring, doors and shop fronts. These enabling works made way for the new USC ground floor store, and Flannels on the lower ground store.

The main mall ceiling was replaced with an Armstrong Celio tile complete with upgraded LED lighting.


The schedule of works included the removal and making safe of electrical supplies, water, telecoms, CCTV, fire alarms, sprinklers, ductwork, boilers, air conditioning, condensers and relocation of the existing plant room equipment and customer lift.   These services were then replaced with new services as per the specified drawings.

Summary of primary enabling works:

  • 95 tonnes of new flowcrete screed laid in 2 days
  • All mechanical and electrical works carried out
  • Bespoke steel staircase and glass ballustrading
  • Security system including cameras and monitoring equipment
  • Full height glazed shop fronts and frameless glazing
  • Automated roller shutters and entrance doors

The Strand Shopping Centre project commenced in February 2017 and was completed in August 2017.