Fosse Food Court

Located in Leicestershire Fosse Park is one of the largest and busiest out-of-town retail centres in the UK, and has recently undergone a huge program of expansion to enhance the shopping experience for visitors.
Construction of the Fosse Park extension started in April 2019 and was completed early 2021.
The £168 million project involved the redevelopment of the neighbouring Castle Acres site to deliver a new retail extension and food court – which will offer casual dining, fast food, and restaurant formats, together with a management suite and enhanced customer facilities.
The Fosse Park retail centre attracts 11 million visitors annually. The extension has allowed the shopping centre to boost its position as one of the leading retail locations in the UK.
Future Fire Solutions worked alongside Vitrine Systems Ltd to design, fabricate and install high level, specialist steel glazing to the food court and external façades.

From its inception the Architects design concentrated on creating a welcoming space bathed in natural light that combined modernity and 21st century functionality with familiar, heritage features to create an inspiring and vibrant shopping and dining destination.

The vision for the Food Central Court glazing was to utilise stylish and contemporary systems whilst providing superior performance with a heritage aesthetic.

FFS were tasked to design a steel framed glazing system which fully satisfied the Architects requirements both visually and technically.

FFS provided the Schuco Jansen Arte 2 System which combines superior structural strength with very fine and slender sightlines and is perfect for minimizing the profile to glass ratio of external applications.

The Food Court follows an arced plan so one of the challenges was to design high level ribbon glazing which would follow the natural curve of the building and sit comfortably with the circumference of the external facades.

FFS proposed a facetted design which could be bolted together onsite during the installation and would curve gracefully and align with the arc of the building. The individual bays could also be transported more easily to site and manoeuvred without specific plant. This assisted in reducing waste and energy consumption thus contributing to the green credentials and sustainability of the whole project.

An additional requirement was to integrate the clerestory glazing with the Building Management Systems in order to provide natural ventilation in warm weather. The integrated systems would also provide essential smoke venting of cold smoke in the event of a fire. Top Hung Vents were included in several of the window banks which were operated by SECO chain actuators to facilitate the automatic opening of the vents on activation of the fire alarm. Specialist bespoke bracketry was designed and fabricated within the window vents by FFS to accommodate the slimline actuators.

The resulting installed glazing systems enhance the aesthetic and style of the building and contribute to the safety and comfort of the building users.

FFS were extremely proud to have contributed to such a prestigious construction project.

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