Starting in July 2016, over an 8 week period, CDM worked with the airport, retailer and brands to create 6 new shops for the 6,700 sq m retail centre in the new international terminal at Yangon Airport in Myanmar.
This was a totally new location for CDM, and all 6 new flagship stores for Lacoste, Moschino, Pandora, Kipling, Coccinelle and Bering had to be completed in time for the terminal’s grand opening to a tight deadline.
Working closely with the brands, SMI Retail, and also airport personnel to create the designs and technical specifications for each unique store, we simultaneously began assembling our regional team of manufacturers, electricians, builders, installers and even artisanal craftsmen to carry out this complex project.
Exceptionally high specifications and artisanal detailing were features of the flagship-level stores from custom-made lighting systems and bespoke furnishings using a range of high-spec materials from Corian to stainless steel, to custom floorings, to sheer fabric ribbons painstakingly and permanently arranged as part of one store’s façade (Pandora). We delivered xix completely different luxury environments for six completely different brands.
Using our teams from Asia and Europe, CDM provided full M&E works support alongside local contractors, to handle all activities including flooring, painting of partition walls, ceiling, build of shop fronts, manufacturing, shipment, and installation of the fixtures and furniture. We also provided direct support to the brands with QC inspections of customised furniture at local manufacturers around Asia. CDM even relocated some of its Thai team to Yangon for 4 weeks of the project time. In keeping with our CDM ethos of working with local suppliers, the production team was 70% Myanmar locals, with 30% from Thailand.
Every store was opened for business on time and on budget. They all looked stunning. On a personal level, we loved the great feedback received from all our clients.
This was a first for CDM and proof again that, for us, no location is too exotic.