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The 79 Group supplies
lighting and M&E services
to 9 out of 10 of the UK’s
largest retailers.

M&E Case Studies


Asda logoInterior of AsdaInterior of Asda

The 100,000ft2 ASDA store in Lower Earley gets a brighter, more efficient lighting system.

The old store lighting was 25 years old and made products on the shelves appear dull with poor colour definition. So Asda commissioned an upgrade of over 400 fittings. 79 handled the whole process, including surveying the site, designing and manufacturing the fittings and the installation. 79 had to design the luminaire upgrades to fit into the existing 1200 x 1200 lighting units as they formed an integral part of the ceiling. The installation was carried out with minimum disruption to the store’s normal operations – no easy task in a 24-hour store.

The 79 M&E installation team reduced the impact on customers by carrying out the work at night and keeping to designated work areas. The whole project was completed in just eight nights, including the safe and legal removal of all the waste.

ASDA Operations Manager, commented: “Throughout the project, the 79 team worked in a very professional manner. Communication with all parties was first class.”

The end result for the project was an increase in light levels of 50% and a reduction in energy consumption of 7% for the sales floor lighting. The improved lighting environment had a positive effect on the customer experience when visiting the store, which has transferred though to sales performance.

Asda General Store Manager, said: “I was shocked at the massive improvement. 79 have transformed the look of the store.”



Blacks logoInterior of BlacksInterior of Blacks

The 79 Group has been working with Blacks Leisure Group for their recent store refresh programme. The project, updating 40 Blacks and Millets stores, was part of an 18-month scheme to improve the company’s financial situation. The most recent report from Blacks Leisure suggests that the scheme has worked: the new concept stores are trading at 10% above the rest of the chain.

79 was principal electrical contractor on many of the projects, providing full mechanical and electrical design and installation. This included incoming mains distribution, full power and data, fire alarm, HVAC and earthing provision. Getting a combined service from The 79 Group offered considerable savings for Blacks: savings on design fees and no supplier chain mark-ups. It also meant for smoother, more integrated process.



Logo of Jaeger Interior of Jaeger shop Interior of Jaeger shop

79 and AD Baker recently completed a full interior fit-out for the Bicester Village branch of Jaeger.

We worked closely with Jaeger’s property department to ensure that we met the client’s requirements precisely. The 79 Group designed, manufactured and installed all lighting and M&E. AD Baker manufactured and installed all joinery, furniture, fixtures and associated items, as well as carrying out the complete build.


Stella McCartney

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