The store has created over 230 jobs in Forfar, with 80% of those recruited previously unemployed. The store offers additional competition in the town rivalling the local Tesco.
Lisa Rooke, Asda’s Property Communications Manager forScotland, said: “We first announced our interest in Forfar in September 2009 and began consulting with the local community in 2010. Throughout the process we were delighted to receive a high level of support for our plans from the local community. Many people recognised the benefits of regenerating this site, creating employment opportunities and delivering the wide range of quality goods at Asda’s famous low prices that our customers expect.”
Having received planning permission for the development in February 2011, construction on the £15m project commenced in May and the store opened to the public in November.
Located adjacent to the town centre at the St. James House site on St. James Road and New Road, the 50,000 sq ft (gross) store replaces the industrial buildings and offices that previously occupied the site, in the process creating a significantly smaller footprint.
The Asda store has been designed to reflect both the former buildings on the site and the older stone buildings alongSt. James Roadand The Vennel. The building has incorporated local stone and the roof was specifically designed to fit with its surroundings, which include a school and housing developments.
Colin Sangster, Asda’s Acquisition Surveyor, explained: “This is a sensitive town centre location that sits adjacent to a Conservation Area and the design had to be sympathetic to its surroundings. Each site has its individual characteristics and we always strive to deliver a design that fits well with the area. Despite the constrained nature of the site, work progressed well and we are delighted with the end result. Our team have enjoyed an excellent working relationship with Angus Council and Architecture and DesignScotland.”
Energy efficiency was an important concept for the design of the building, and the new store is at least 38% more efficient than a typical Asda building built in 2005.
Built to BREEAM ‘Very Good’ standards, the store features extensive glazing to the checkout mall to encourage natural daylight into the building, whilst the roof lights allow natural daylight penetration into the food hall. There is also energy efficient lighting in the frozen cases and cold rooms, and automatic light dimming technology has been utilised in order to conserve energy. Heat reclamation units will recycle waste heat in order to heat other areas of the store, and the bathrooms feature water efficient taps and low flush toilets.
External landscaping has comprised tree planting and the creation of a public space on the site that links to the town centre. Pedestrian access to the store from the High Street is created by a link way from Little Causeway. In addition, there is ample car parking, with ‘Parent and Child’ parking spaces, spaces for customers with disabilities, and cycle spaces in order to encourage the use of more sustainable forms of transport.
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