Summertown Interiors, the UAE’s leading fit-out contractor specialising in green interiors, has completed the refurbishment of the Picnic Square food court at Times Square Center located on Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai’s Al Quoz area.
Summertown collaborated closely with the Times Square Center management team to deliver the sustainable 2,330-sq-m design-and-build project, handing over the vibrant family-friendly dining space early last month (November).
The unique food and beverage (F&B) options selected by Times Square Center for Picnic Square will now start to be integrated into the F&B outlet spaces. Picnic Square will be officially opened in February 2022.
Picnic Square has an artisanal feel and will offer deli-style dining, setting a new design standard for shopping mall open-plan dining areas, says Summertown Interiors. The newly refurbished dining space features natural materials, the integration of biophilia and plants, and a variety of welcoming seating options. There are family-friendly seating zones including stylish ‘private pods’ for mothers to feed their babies in privacy in the functional open-plan design.
In line with Times Square Center’s sustainability focus, Summertown delivered the fit-out according to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) requirements (pending certification), a global green building standard which encourages the design, construction, operations, and maintenance of resource-efficient, high-performing, healthy buildings.
According to Summertown Interiors, a key challenge during the refurbishment was that it was a live project in an open shopping mall, so much of the work was completed in the evenings to avoid too much noise and disruption to tenants and customers. The new open ceiling design also required specific focus to ensure the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) works were coordinated seamlessly to create the desired white finish.
Nicola Trivett, Summertown’s Projects Director on the design-and-build project, says: “The successful delivery of this project is the result of high-level communication between our project team and the mall’s management, ensuring the timely completion of the project. We are delighted to handover this high-end sustainable family-friendly dining area that fulfils our client’s goals.”
Nancy Ozbek, General Manager, Times Square Center, comments: “Thanks to Summertown for their professional approach and management of the sustainable Picnic Square project, and for delivering above our expectations. We are delighted with Picnic Square and cannot wait to share it with all our Times Square Center family.”
One of the new community-oriented malls in Dubai, Times Square Center is a compact community shopping destination which offers a wide selection of renowned international and boutique brands.
Summertown Interiors specialises in building commercial, healthcare and education interior projects. It has a dedicated team of experts that include LEED AP (Accredited Professional) and GA (Green Associate) certified members to manage your project from start to finish.