Leek Road Retail Park
The redevelopment of a retail unit in Staffordshire has been completed. Leek Road Retail Park is located in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, and was formerly a B&Q store with an accompanying Screwfix trade counter. The extensive refurbishment works carried out last year converted the building into 5 high quality individual class B8 units.
The transformation of the site, which also included significant changes to the car park and road layout, was carried out by SDE Group in conjunction with Bradley-Mason LLP who undertook the design and project management of the scheme. The result of the project is a number of high quality class B8 spaces in a prominent roadside location. The size and height of each unit mean they are particularly suited to trade counters.
As the building had operated for a number of years as a standalone structure, one of the main aspects of the work was installing standard services in each of the new units. All had to have new foul drains installed, the rain water system adapted and new telecoms, gas and electric services installations. Although the property was in structurally sound condition, there were areas of wants of repair, which included repairs to the roof and gutters. Aesthetically, the property looked dated therefore to transform the appearance and kerb appeal the elevations were over-clad using a powder coated profiled cladding system. The building also required extensive roof repairs to make sure it was fit for purpose. Externally, the car park surface was renewed in part and a new one way traffic management system implemented, including a new 50+ bay car park configuration. By working closely with the local authority, a new entrance to the site was formed to the North.
Work on the project was carried out to a tight timeframe and intrinsic planning and programming of the project works ensured that the original tenant, Screwfix could remain in occupation throughout the duration of the works, until unit 1 was formed.
Rob Cartwright, SDE Group Construction Director, spoke to Premier Construction about these challenges:
“The timescale on the project was definitely a big challenge. The main problem was everyone wanting to be in the same place at the same time. With the front elevation, for example, we installed the services within the existing car park and then resurfaced it. At the same time, we have cladded the front and side elevations and introduced new shop frontages and access ramps. All the time the Screwfix unit is in operation and open to trade with incoming customers needing a safe and clear parking facility.
“It’s great to have got this project finished. This is the second time where we’ve taken what you could call a dilapidated building, carried out major refurbishment and split into multiple units. Having carried out the roof repairs, cladding and the new services, it was one of my favourite projects. We’ve taken an old building and recreated a facility with 5 new class B8 tenants which gives us a great deal of pride.”
Feedback on the units has been positive with all 5 units now let under strong covenants and the success of the project owes much to the developer’s positive approach and willingness to transform the site into a central hub for business growth in the Stoke area and the coordination and partnership of SDE and Bradley Mason.