West Quay, located in the heart of Southampton city centre, boasts over 90 stores spread over three shopping levels. It has quickly become a household name for an immersive shopping experience. And with an average weekly footfall of 320,000 this high traffic area certainly needs the best quality entrance matting at its disposal. We could not be prouder to install our highly effective and suitable product for such a location, the INTRAlink Entrance Matting. It was great to work with the centre in reducing the ingress of dirt and moisture.
The design of West Quay responds to Southampton’s existing streetscape and features a wide range of materials. These materials carry significance to the location of the centre and its history; from the Portland Stone, buff coloured brickwork, metal cladding and a masonry base of stone walls it is used to reflect the different parts of the city: the historic old town, post-war development and ultimately the modern building.
This is complemented by a series of naturally lit internal public spaces, each with its own distinctive character, creating a link to the internal ‘street’ of the centre. The main entrance on Above Bar, identified by a vaulted fabric canopy projecting into the street, marks the start of the route, which leads through a serpentine arcade to emerge into a dramatic Focal Space.
Externally, the main building features a masonry podium based clad in stone panels with decorative metal grilles. The design has significantly improved the urban environment by transforming a run-down industrial site and creating new linkages to the landscaped through a more pedestrianised High Street. It does this by keeping with the maritime tradition of Southampton and takes inspiration from the existing buildings set back from the medieval town walls.
We knew our matting needed to reflect the history and cope with the high footfall. The centre specified us in confidence to install the perfect Entrance Matting for a shopping centre – INTRAlink. This is a Heavy Duty modular interlocking tile system, which offers exceptional durability. It is flexible, robust, effective and competitive – combining all the key features of a successful Entrance Matting system at affordable pricing and with stylish aesthetics.
Contact our sales members who are always on hand to guide you through your next Entrance Matting installation and make your entrances a work of art. Call us on 01425 472000 to find out how we can help or visit our product page to learn more about the innovations behind the products.