Bon Jovi, Prince, Beyoncé, Paul McCartney and Adele – iconic artists who have wowed audiences at The O2. Next up on that list? ISG
ISG has successfully completed the circle at one of the world’s most popular music and entertainment venues, The O2.
Project Mint, as it was known, matching the shape of the popular sweet, was the final piece of The O2’s puzzle, where ISG delivered a circa 400,000 sq ft retail outlet, featuring 80 units.
Built across two zones called ‘Excite and ‘Relax’, the outlet features a two-storey mall arranged on both sides of a wide central street, with three buildings joined by walkways and bridges on the upper level, while the more tranquil Relax is a single-storey mall.
The team constructed two new steel frame buildings to incorporate the retail units, delivering these to shell and core along with the shopfronts. The team also installed a new feature staircase, escalators, lifts and stunning ceiling features throughout.
Whilst external works were not originally planned, the client decided to include outdoor dining in the new offer to help drive further footfall and enhance the customer experience.
There were several logistical challenges on the project, working in a live environment that has over three million visitors passing through for ticketed events each year.
Working inside a tent also restricts the height of machinery able to operate within the space. This meant mobile cranes were used as opposed to tower cranes, and mini pilling rigs compared to conventional rigs.
A significant amount of work based around one of the arena’s fire exits meant that all work had to stop in the hours leading up to and during an event. ‘Dark days’, where all worked ceased, were implemented around numerous key events, which had to be carefully factored into the programme.
“This the only venue in London where entertainment and retail truly converge. It’s been two-and-a-half-years of construction and I really want to say a huge thank you to everyone for all their help and support. We believe the Icon Outlet is one of the most exciting destinations in London.”
Alistair Wood, Executive Vice President, AEG Europe