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HM Oxford Circus

HM Oxford Circus

Builders work, Diamond Drilling, Fire protection, Strip-out


Refurbishment & expansion into basement of flagship store, including strip out of adjacent Garfunkels unit.


The Oxford Circus store is H&M’s flagship UK branch and with the planned expansion was to become the biggest store in Europe. Throughout construction, the store had to trade uninterrupted with only minimal loss of overall floor area and all areas had to be completed ready for the Christmas period.

Noisy works, waste removal and concrete pumping were all completed during agreed periods outside of normal working hours to comply with Westminster Council’s stringent rules and the store opening hours.

  • Forming new escalator openings through 4 floors
  • Excavating 3m deep in basement for new foundation pads
  • Forming new openings through structural walls 600mm thick including temporary works through 3 floors
  • Cutting and forming new lift pits
  • Forming New escalator pits in basement
  • Cutting and installation of new staircase over 5 floors
  • Strip out to shell & core adjoining Garfunkel’s unit
  • Structural fire protection provided to new steelwork with on-site intumescent spray
  • Firestopping new and existing service penetrations through walls and floor to achieve fire protection rating of 120 minutes

H&M (Main contractor Powells Shopfitting)


Trading retail store




10 Months


10 operatives