May 21st

Listed Building retail fit-out in St James’s London for flagship store

We have worked with C. Gars Ltd. for over six years as it expanded operations across the UK to now six locations. Its latest location is in the heart of London offering one of the World’s best selection of luxury cigars and spirits to a discerning clientele.

Situated within the Smithson’s listed Economist Building this retail unit, on the ground floor of the Bank Building in Smithson’s Plaza, suffered all the challenges a Grade II* listed building can offer. The design needed to remain sensitive to its Brutalist origins, whilst appealing to visitors, and functional, whilst being compact and multi-facetted. Additionally, the restrictions on the sale of tobacco meant most of the products could not be displayed to entice entry. The site chosen for the new retail unit, which was formerly an estate agent, had a considerable number of challenges for us.

Alterations to 23a St James’s Street included:
• External improvements and restorations to the original features,
• The installation of chrome feature display shelving that encased the perimeter of the unit, that integrated a sales point, stock storage, ventilation and 12 personal cigar lockers,
• The creation of a glass fronted walk-in Humidor that allows for nearly 360 degrees of stunning product displays, with climate and humidity controls,
• A new sales floor and sampling area,
• An illuminated glass feature light within the retail space and a new lighting design.
Both the humidor and the retail floor area have an impressive and very quiet smoke filtration system. This involved the addition of a very high specification HVAC ventilation system and associated ducting, concealed in perimeter boxing at a high level, with nothing visible or audible from the street.

Externally, along with the restoration work, new window displays were created, which needed to serve a dual function, display product and attract customers, but also, in accordance with SSI 2013/85, prevent any display of the tobacco products inside. This was achieved by layering displays of Spirits and Cigar accessories.

Plans for the future at St James’s include cigar sampling, whisky tastings and events to add to retail which means the space has to work hard and be flexible.

Watch this space for future projects…

Jan 22nd

Brock Carmichael celebrates 50 years of Architectural Excellence and Urban Transformation

This year marks a momentous milestone for Brock Carmichael as the Liverpool-headquartered RIBA Chartered Practice proudly celebrates 50 years’ of influencing the architectural landscape of Liverpool as well as towns and cities nationally and internationally.

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Nov 18th

Martins Bank receives planning approval

The iconic Martins Bank building has received planning permission and listed building consent from Liverpool City Council, allowing plans for 140,000 sq ft of grade A office accommodation to go ahead.

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Nov 7th

Two schemes shortlisted at Insider North West Residential Property Awards 2023

Two Brock Carmichael schemes, Foxwood & Sycamore and Spinners Brook, have been shortlisted at the Insider North West Residential Property Awards 2023.

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Sep 1st

Part I journey comes to an end for Caitlin…

Today, we say a (temporary) goodbye to one of our brilliant Part I Architectural Assistants, Caitlin Brangwyn.

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Aug 23rd

Rochdale Retrofit Scheme Wins at North West Regional Construction Awards

An ongoing retrofit scheme to decarbonise municipal buildings for Rochdale Borough Council has won the Value Award at the North West Regional Construction Awards.

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Apr 14th

Bath Junction Shortlisted for Best Housing Scheme 2022

One of our large ongoing projects has been shortlisted for the Best Housing Scheme at the Planning Awards 2022!

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