Black Friday deadline for the Oracle

Oracle Shopping Centre and Car ParkThe Oracle was returned back to the public in time for one of the busiest shopping days in the calendar Black Friday.

Traditional this was a marketing and promotional tool from trades across the pond which saw many retail items reduced in price to encourage the Christmas rush and retail spend.

As important as Mother’s Day is to the restaurant trade, Black Friday now sees most retailers across all spectrums offering significant discounts for this short period of time. As most things in the UK we seem to dilute what was a special event and effectively a fire sale to “Black Friday” weekend and even week so competitive in the UK retail market.

oracle1Despite the start being delayed by a couple of weeks, Makers were still able to complete the first phase of the multi-million-pound refurbishment in time for the anticipated rush carved by Black Friday.

The oracle is the first of 2 car parks that will be subject to a full refurbishment over the coming year with a return to work on the 8th January 2018.

“It’s been a tough time deadline but the client is happy with the results achieved and we are looking to crack on next year”

Steve Baker, Site Manager

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The first phase consisting of repairs, coatings and waterproof membranes and replacement movement joints has set the benchmark for the rest of the project.

Makers won the bid on competitive price, delivery and design and trial samples that were compared by other providers in the industry.

“It’s important that a client understands what is achievable and what they are getting for their pound. We were able to demonstrate our quality, delivery and value in the trial stages which gave the clients team every confidence to appoint us”

Darren Wootton – Operations Director

Oracle3The full refurbishments will have some innovative wayfinding solutions which extend beyond the car parks and will complement the shopping centre.

Oracle12The Oracle takes its name from the original 17th Century workhouse which use to occupy a small part of the site, but under Hammerson control has seen the shopping centre transform, encouraging big name retailers to establish themselves and making the Oracle a destination shopping venue.

Located on the banks of the river Kennet the shopping centre provides the ideal opportunity to shop, relax and enjoy the bar and restaurant scene with pedestrian bridges linking both parts of the centre and car parks.

“We are delighted to be working with Hammerson and their team. We underwent a stringent tendering process and now we have to deliver for them and us as we look forward to the challenge”

Simon Lamb, MD

The refurbishment has been designed with Sika Limited technology which will be adopted throughout the car parks and will be undertaken in phases throughout 2018 to main parking to the two very busy car parks to serve this award-winning retail experience.

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