Crowd outside new Microsoft Store on opening day
Mace provided project management, programme management and cost consultancy services and Ramboll provided structural, façade, below ground drainage, fire and vertical transport engineering services to Microsoft for the new flagship. One of the most complex retail construction projects ever delivered in London, the new flagship is in a Grade II listed building at the iconic Oxford Circus. The project included a series of structural alterations to conform to a 1904 structural code and bring the building up to 21st Century standards.
Upon project completion, Martin Burden, consulting director for Ramboll said: “This level of perfection takes perseverance and a strong cohesive team, and I’m very grateful to everyone who helped deliver the store Microsoft envisioned, including Keltbray, Wentworth House Partnership, SAH and Hydra Capsule.”
The Mace led team included experts consisting of Gensler, Ramboll, Montagu Evans, Medland Metropolis, CBRE and others, working together to deliver the transformation of the heritage location and create a cutting-edge design for customers. The process also involved extensive stakeholder engagement with Westminster Council and others to ensure the project was able to proceed without disruption to one of the world’s most high-profile retail streets.
Those who work, live, shop in or visit the UK will be able to test and experience the latest technology, products and services from Microsoft and its partners. Interactive zones, surrounded by immersive video walls running throughout the flagship, will make this the best place to get hands-on with Surface, Windows, Office, Xbox and PC gaming, HoloLens mixed-reality and more.
The store features an Answer Desk and Experience Centre, offering dedicated areas for customers to get tech support, trainings and advice from trusted advisors on Microsoft products and services.
Michael Ford, General Manager for Microsoft’s global real estate and facilities, said:
“Our flagship locations not only offer a unique way for our brand to connect with every customer – from businesses to consumers – but also serves as a central and unique location for Microsoft employees to maximize engagement with partners and customers, extending our traditional real estate. The London flagship could not be in a more desirable location with a prime landing on Oxford Circus.”
Jeremy Davey, Mace’s Director for Private Sector Project Management, said:
“This is one of the most complex and challenging retail construction jobs ever delivered by the UK market – and so Mace is very proud to have played such a key role in creating this ambitious and iconic new flagship. The end result is a transformative new addition to Oxford Circus that will deliver a fantastic experience for customers from all over the globe.”