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John Lewis Partnership

John Lewis Partnership - Projects - Ridge & Partners LLP

The John Lewis Partnership (JL) is committed to increasing its floor space through new builds, acquisitions and refurbishments, while meeting demanding carbon reduction targets. Ridge is working closely with JL as project adviser to help it achieve its goals nationwide.

Our work for JL includes major store upgrades and new-builds, all of significant size and complexity. They range from £15 million department store refurbishments through to our involvement with major town centre regeneration projects like the £500million Buchannan Street redevelopment in Glasgow.

JL’s development programme is founded upon a robust feasibility process and Ridge is an integral part of the Feasibility Project Management Team, developing projects from initial brief to board approval stage. Ridge experts also provide technical support to Agreement for Lease negotiations, which requires close liaison with landlords and developers.

For JL, continuing to trade is paramount. Ridge has supported continued trading and minimal disruption during extensive store refurbishments by phased construction programmes with works carried out in 24-hour shifts, seven days a week.

This approach has allowed for the successful refurbishment of entire live stores, such as Cheadle and Reading, both of which are targeting a 30% year-on-year reduction in carbon emissions. At Reading an extra challenge was the age of the building, which meant that asbestos discoveries had to be managed within and around planned works.

Ridge has supported JL to complete numerous other challenging projects. These include the construction of the purpose built conference centre at Odney, a heritage centre to locate all JL historic designs and patterns and is open to the public and the refurbishment works on the Welwyn Garden City store, a 1920’s Grade II Listed building where the layout and the age of the structure, as well as an extremely small service yard, required our expert solutions.

John Lewis Partnership - Projects - Ridge & Partners LLP

John Lewis Partnership - Projects - Ridge & Partners LLP

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John Lewis Partnership - Projects - Ridge & Partners LLP

John Lewis Partnership - Projects - Ridge & Partners LLP

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John Lewis Partnership - Projects - Ridge & Partners LLP

John Lewis Partnership - Projects - Ridge & Partners LLP

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John Lewis Partnership - Projects - Ridge & Partners LLP

John Lewis Partnership - Projects - Ridge & Partners LLP

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