The prestigious ISG UK Retail Week Interiors Awards 2015 took place at the Hilton Hotel, Park Lane in London, with McCue Crafted Fit winning both the ISG UK Retail Interior of the Year and Non-Food Design of the Year for the fit out of the Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics flagship store in Oxford Street.
Both awards were in conjunction with Design Time architects and in addition to recognising the design it recognised McCue’s bespoke joinery skills and fit out. The store, Lush’s biggest in the world at 9,500 sq ft, showcases all that is innovative and inspiring about the company.
Les McCracken, Managing Director at McCue Crafted Fit, based in Carrickfergus, said: “To win these prestigious and highly respected industry awards in London is a great honour for McCue Crafted Fit. It was an outstanding evening where some of the most esteemed companies in the UK were present representing many fantastic projects.
“I am delighted with the judges’comments and winning not one but two awards on the night is exceptional and is testament to the fact that we are doing something very right in our complete solutions fit out company and with our bespoke craftsmanship and architectural joinery services.
“The team at Lush is to be commended; they are a young and dynamic team with lots of enthusiasm and are extremely passionate about their brand and this flagship store. It was a real privilege to support them throughout this project and to see them accept these awards too, in front of their peers and an array of retailers.”
The work undertaken by McCue was in line with Lush’s company values in that SKA sustainability guidelines were strictly adhered to throughout. All the wood used in the construction was FSC certified. Reclaimed wood and vintage buys were used in much of the furniture and any that was not reclaimed was FSC certified. As well as being a must see retail store, this venue also features a Lush Spa complete with 4 treatment rooms.
The Non Food Design of the Year judges commented on the night that “Taking an established retail format and completely reinventing it, making it a destination for loyal and new shoppers is what the winner of this category has managed to do. ‘Amazing’ and ‘it really does look entirely different’ were just two of the reactions from the judges.”
The ISG UK Retail Interior of the Year winner was unanimously felt by the judges to “have created the best store to welcome shoppers over the last twelve months. This has been a tough field to emerge at the top of.”
With over 60 years experience in the industry, McCue Crafted Fit is a specialist in high quality refurbishment and fitting out. McCue looks at every project in its entirety with new ideas, and takes a collaborative and entrepreneurial approach. McCue has the ability to turn spaces into distinctive interesting places on time and on budget.
McCue Crafted Fit’s recent retail clients include Lush, Smyths Toys, Anthropologie, Hamleys and M&S. Other completed projects include various hotels including the Shangri-La Hotel situated within the famous The Shard as well as the Lancaster London, Claridges and the Savoy.