New Carluke Tesco store to open doors to customers this month

Tesco is to open another multimillion pound supermarket on the old site of the Loch Park Stadium in Carluke, Strathclyde and Glasgow.

The Loch Park site was zoned for food retail development in South Lanarkshire Council’s 2007 draft Local Plan in an attempt to address the shortfall of retail floor space in areas such as Carluke. In 2008, Tesco revealed its controversial proposal to build the store on the 4000sqm site. South Lanarkshire Council approved plans to redevelop Loch Park Stadium for retailing and in April 2011 bulldozers arrived on the site for demolition. In May 2011, CAB Civil and Environmental Engineering won a new contract to carry out enabling works in preparation for the new store for Advance Construction Scotland, who were awarded the groundworks package by Barr Retail.

The project involved the provision of earthworks, bulk modification, a stabilised vibro piling platform and capping replacement at Carluke’s former Loch Park Stadium site. The Carluke store is constructed from sustainable materials, using a timber-frame structure and timber cladding and finishes. Other features include re-use of ‘grey’ water and roof lights to minimise solar heat gain and cold air retrieval. Parking space for over 250 cars has been created.

The site was previously used by football teams, including Carluke Rovers, and also by local athletes. Under the deal, South Lanarkshire will use an estimated £3.75m to build a new football field and running track on a site next to Carluke High.

Tesco insists that the new supermarket would sit comfortably within the surrounding area without having an adverse impact on residential amenity, road or traffic issues and protected species.

The scheme has created around 200 store jobs. When these were advertised recently, more than 800 people applied. A management team from Tesco liaised closely with the local Jobcentre and held their recruitment base at the community hall in Carluke, which resulted in a large proportion of new jobs being given to residents of the town.

Tesco has outlined measures aimed at reducing car use by Carluke customers including making home shopping available, having a free in store telephone to arrange a taxi home, and putting a notice board at the entrance showing bus, train and cycle routes.  The development may lead to an increase in the number of commuters using existing train and bus services to Carluke from Glasgow, Edinburgh and other parts of Lanarkshire.

Opening hours will be from 6am-midnight Monday to Saturday and 8am-10pm on Sunday.

The new supermarket is due to open its doors on September 19th 2011.

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