With the much-documented decline of our high streets, some local authorities are sitting up and taking notice. If you can attract shoppers back into towns and cities, income from shop rates will help the whole community.
One such local authority is Knowsley Council with their headquarters in Huyton, a historic town with many famous sons and daughters, including England international footballers, comedians and a prime minister.
Famed locally is a market stallholder, Joseph Murphy, owner of the famous 'Joe's Stall' which has been selling football merchandise and other goods for over 30 years.
After a series of setbacks, Joe was ready to through in the towel. Concerned about the town centre losing the stall, a local councillor decided to set up a Save Joe's Stall page on Facebook, and within days it had garnered thousands of supporters.
Knowsley Council decided to help Joe out and provide a bespoke stall for him to run his business. The structure had to be robust and securely constructed, but also flexible enough to be relocated if required.
After searching online and finding some recent case studies, Knowsley Council contacted Eldapoint to provide some expert advice and a quotation.
Approach and Solutions
After an initial consultation and site visit to Huyton, our team went to work on producing design drawings and working out all the logistics and fabrication requirements.
The new stall had to be located in a specified area of the town centre, and on a limited footprint which required a unique design and build. The stall had to be a quadrilateral shape with three large sides and one small side to fit the designated area. Eldapoint constructed the unit to the exact specifications with remote roller shutters on two sides and sun awnings.
- Size: 5m x 1200 x 5.5m 2.4m high
- Outer walls: Steel construction, designed by our in-house team
- Frame bottom rails - 150 x 65 x 10 formed C section,
- all rails and posts were steel box section
- Roof: 2mm flat steel
- Sides: 2mm corrugated steel panels all fully welded
- Paint: Jotun Conseal touch up one coat paint system
- Flooring: 18mm plyboard covered in poly flooring
- Wall panelling: 100mm insulation to walls and ceiling then boarded out in 9mm white melamine boards
- Electrics: All electrics surfaced mounted
- Roller shutters: Both roller shutters electrically operated by remote control
The finished project was delivered and installed in the town centre precinct, where a thrilled Joe was in attendance to see his new stall.
This bespoke unit created by out the box thinking has allowed a small business to continue to trade and bring some colour to the high street.