Oasis Meadowhall - Sheffield - United Kingdom
Architects: Arch. Jefferson SheardFMG Fabbrica Marmi e Graniti tiles from its natural stone and marble collections cover the recent mezzanine of the Meadowhall Shopping Centre in Sheffield (UK), one of the largest shopping centres in Great Britain.
Built in 1990 on the site of an old steelworks, Meadowhall is today an important commercial and entertainment centre, with 1.4 million m2 and 230 stores.
It is also home to the Oasis Dining Quarter, where you can enjoy culinary specialties from all over the world, and has a carpark with 12,000 spaces.
Over the years Meadowhall has won several awards, including from the British Council of Shopping Centres (BCSC), the International Council of Shopping Centres (ICSC) and the Severside award for its commitment to recycling.
In 2013, the Oasis Dining Quarter was awarded "Best Refurbishment" at the BCSC Gold Awards.
Designed by Jefferson Sheard Architects, in partnership with London studio Fitch, in 2004 another floor was added to the centre, with a new covering, windowed balustrades and a new furnishing and lighting concept.
This was all completed in 3 years without affecting existing operational activities.
The shopping centre ends with "a characteristic curved, embossed staircase that runs into a new circular atrium, allowing natural light to penetrate down to the ground floor".
The new space, with 12 additional medium-large commercial units, exploits the volumes available to the full, also thanks to the FMG flooring in Porfido Brown (stone-effect porcelain) and Crema Marfil Select (marble-effect).
In their characteristic grey shade (Porfido Brown) and delicate cream shade (Marfil), FMG surfaces offer a contemporary design solution, adapting perfectly to the different commercial units and balancing the range of colour and light variations of the adjacent spaces.
FMG porcelain technical features also make it the perfect choice for an area with high foot traffic, in one of the busiest areas of Meadowhall, which needs stability, safety and unchanging properties, while maintaining the same aesthetic quality as that chosen in the planning phase.