A new Asda store in Ferring, West Sussex, is almost complete.
The new single-storey store will be over 120,000 square foot in total, with a selling area of over 60,000 square foot. The value of the project is between £12 million and £15 million.
The build will be a bespoke Asda store in order to comply with planning regulations. Built on the site of the former Country Fayre Garden Centre, the store will have Rockspan clad walls and a Scandinavian softwood timber clad front in order to blend in with the surrounding buildings.
Ian Gallaway, Construction Manager at RG Group said:
“It’s an area that Asda have been trying to get into for a long time. It’s what they call a non-model store, which is something they don’t normally do. They have different model store sizes so it’s been quite challenging from a design point of view.
“There were a lot of planning conditions with regard to the look of the building – it’s bespoke for an Asda store. We used timber cladding on the front to try and match in with the many garden centres in the area and there is a lot of landscaping and planting to blend in to the current surroundings.”
The project started in March 2012 and the store will open on 5th November. The principal contractor is RG Group and the architect is HGP Architects.
The store will provide a range of facilities including an opticians, George clothing range, pharmacy and photo department. Services provided include a bakery, fish counter, pizza counter, rotisserie and butchers. There will be a car park with 522 spaces and highway works are underway to create a new entrance to the store.
Ian said: “Everything has been on programme and gone smoothly – the only issues we’ve had are due to the poor weather over the summer, particularly as the site is close to the coast. It’s a large site and when you’ve got plenty of space to play with it makes life a lot easier, with logistics and material storage during times of bad weather.
“The project is now 90 per cent finished. We are just finishing the highway works and the car park. The service yard is complete and the store is almost complete – all we are doing now is finishing some partition walls, plastering and decoration. We have also begun to lay floor coverings, both vinyl and soft flooring. The mechanical and electrical installation is eighty percent complete and the roofing and glazing are both finished.
As this has been a one-off design rather than a model Asda store, RG Group and HGP Architects have been able to introduce new projects to the build.
“The FSC timber cladding is something that’s new to Asda. On the environmental side of things we have cut down on waste and muck away – everything that’s been on site has been reused on site. The old concrete slabs from the old car park were crushed to form the foundations.
“This is a big project for RG Group, both in terms of size and monetary value. We have done some projects of bigger value for other clients but this is one of the biggest we’ve done for Asda. For the community, the store will bring around 500 new jobs to the area.”
The new Asda store in Ferring opens on 5th November 2012.
Walter Watson Ltd
Walter Watson Ltd is the largest family owned structural steel fabricators in Northern Ireland. The company has the ability to provide a high quality service to a wide portfolio of clients throughout Ireland and mainland UK.
Established in 1967, Walter Watson also manufactures agricultural equipment overhead cranes. Their reputation for a quality product, flexible approach, and the backup of trained service engineers has led to hundreds of satisfied customers.
Walter Watson Ltd fabricated, supplied and erected 425 tonne of structural steelwork, including all purlins and galvanised plant steelwork for the Asda store in Worthing
Active Pump Services
Active Pump Services provide a fast, reliable service in a range of specialism’s such as the supply, installation and servicing of sewage pumps, sewage treatment plants, cold water booster pumps and borehole pumps .They also empty septic tanks and cesspits and provide a rapid response emergency breakdown service. The business has been trading for 16 years, with a total of 45 years experience in the pump industry.
Nigel Smart, Director of Active Pump Services said:
“We’ve installed sewage treatment plants for domestic and commercial properties, and similarly with pump stations. We work anywhere, for example we carry out projects for managing agents inLondonon cold water booster pumps for large blocks of flats or similar sites.”
“On the Asda store in Ferring we used our tanker division for regular waste removal on the temporary toilet block. When the project first began, they had offices and toilet blocks for the workers but nothing was connected to main sewers. We’ve been working there on a weekly basis to empty the toilet facilities.
“We’ve got 45 years experience within the company and a wealth of experience in what we do. We offer a 24/7 rapid response time for emergency breakdowns and we are very conscious of the speed of response given the liquids we’re dealing with.”