About the Client

Wickes currently has a portfolio of over 190 stores with the first store opened in the UK in 1972 at Whitefield in Manchester. The concept was launched as a joint venture between the US group, Wickes Corporation, and the UK builders merchant, Sankeys. In 1987, Wickes was floated on the London Stock Exchange. At that time the company was trading from 41 stores in the UK. In 1996, Wickes underwent a change of management followed by a rights issue and the sale of its European stores in 1997. In September 2000, Wickes was acquired by the Focus Group. The majority of the key operational management was retained and remains with the Wickes business today. Within the Focus Wickes Group, Wickes was able to grow significantly with an increase in store numbers from 131 at 29 October 2000 to 172 at 31 March 2004, including the conversion of 36 Focus outlets to Wickes stores. In February 2005 Wickes was acquired by Travis Perkins plc.

The Project

Greenlite lighting Solutions Ltd was commissioned to design, supply and install a lighting refit to the kitchen and bathroom showroom display areas at Wickes in Warrington. As part of the project, all the existing lighting systems were removed and replaced with low energy, environmentally friendly LED lighting solutions.

As part of the lighting refurbishment, Greenlite designed the lighting to provide the correct colour rendition to ensure all products and furniture was displayed at their natural colours.

Careful consideration was paid to the relevant colour temperature for each area to ensure the correct colour rendition was achieved on the furniture.

The outcome

  • Significant savings have been made on the cost of the energy used to light the showroom
  • The payback period to cover the investment in the LED Lighting systems is within the original figures quoted
  • The carbon emissions associated with the energy usage of the lighting systems at the store have been significantly reduced
  • Like for like sales at the Warrington Store are up 35% on the previous year, with one of the significant factors being the improved quality of the lighting