Beacon Shopping Centre

In 2019 FFS were contracted to Design, Supply and Install fire-rated and non fire-rated shopfronts for the Beacon Centre in Eastbourne.

The shopping centre was nearing completion after an 85 million pound regeneration which provided additional retail outlets and a brand new 8 screen Vue Cinema.

Our brief, from the main contractor, Hatmet was to design and install facetted curtain wall shop fronts that offered 60 minute fire protection and matching screens with entrance doors to several retail and leisure units.

Utilising the Schuco Viss Fire System we were able to offer a sleek and modern design with a high level of protection and security for the busy shopping centre. The Viss System was a perfect solution for an integrated and pleasing aesthetic. FFS were able to design a ’blind’ louvre system that provided uniformity with the non fire-rated screens but maintained the 60 minute fire-rating.

As many of the surrounding retail units and the cinema were already open, the installation of our screens needed to be meticulously planned and executed ’out of hours’ The large glass DGU’s needed to be delivered, transported through the centre and installed in a single 8 hour period, over one night.

FFS employed our partners at GGR to plan and carry out the glass lift and transport the panes to the first floor location of the screens. GGR surveyed and produced a detailed ‘Iifting pian’ which minimised impact on the surrounding units and the public at large and was accepted by the centre owners.

The delivery and lifting of the DGU’s was carried out over night with the FFS install team working in tandem with the GGR lift specialists.

The resulting Shop Fronts combine a high level of protection and functionality whilst
providing an air of modernity for this brand new public space.

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