Reporter 447, 21 February 2000

Retail therapy

Shop refurbishment techniques used by some of the UKs leading retailers are being analysed by a civil engineering researcher. Professor Steven Male is leading a team to benchmark the companies, which include the Halifax, booksellers Borders and fashion chain Arcadia, and construct a best practice guide.

"The retail sector is an important construction client but it is under-researched," said Professor Male. The guide is expected to be published later this year and the research team will then monitor how its recommendations are implemented.

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