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John Lewis, Kingston
Ahrends Burton Koralek
John Lewis Kingston, Wood Street, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 1TE
A modern department stores opened September 1990.
It offers hypnotic views of the river, an open glass terrace design, built a new road system as well as uncovering medieval ruins.
Ahrends Burton Koralek,
the shop sits alongside the River Thames. It has a rich design with an open glass roof, Opened in 1990, Ahrends Burton Koralek,
Shop design facts
The John Lewis building measures 155m x 95m. St Paul’s Cathedral would fit within the footprint. It took four years to build.
The 2 underground car parks are each the size of an international football pitch.
800,000 Stamfordstone bricks by William Cliff used, in 140 different shapes.
3,500 square metres of glass used in roof almost an acre of glass.
The excavation to provide basement and 2 levels of car park involved removal of 145,000m of clay, soil and rubble.
The 300 bored poles supporting the foundations go down about 30m below ground level.
Over 3.5 miles of scaffolding was used to build the roof over the selling floor.
The 3rd floor void is the equivalent to the area of 4 Olympic size swimming pools.
Design by Paul Koralek from architect Ahrends Burton and Koralek, an open terrace design comprising 7 levels allows natural light across all selling floors.
Inspiration was taken from spectacular first generation of department stores such as 19th century Galeries Lafayette, Bon Marche and Au Printemps in Paris.
The store also features 2 silk wall hangings by Lucienne Day called Aspects of the Sun, hanging in menswear.
In Sept 1986 John Mowlem & Co contractors took possession of the Horsefair site to start construction of John Lewis Kingston after 20 years in the planning.
Called Horsefair because up to 1860 an important sale of horses was held every year on 2 August.
Opened 9.30am Tuesday September 11th 1990.
Building was delayed as we uncovered Medieval ruins on our riverside, which were hand excavated, removed and then put back in our basement. They are remains from the original 12th century Kingston bridge and an important 14th century Undercroft.
Since opening of the store, we had a major refurbishment in 1993 where we extended our escalator bank and in 2013 where we filled in the open well on the ground floor where previously you could see down to Waitrose.