Shortlisted for the Northern Ireland RICS awards under the Commercial category, Lidl Magherafelt underwent a redevelopment that was completed last year by the Northern Irish construction firm, FORRME.
7 additional jobs have been created in the locality as a result of the redevelopment, bringing the number of people in total employed in the store to 22.
Richard Mailey, store manager at the time of reopening last year, said: “Our growing customer base in Magherafelt has literally been blown away by the transformation from the old store to the new store. It is a completely different, superior shopping experience with vastly enhanced facilities for both employees and customers alike. Many are so surprised that we are still providing the same range at incredible value – they seem to see the new store as physically larger space but it is all down to the clever design and utilisation of space. We are so glad we made the decision to invest in Magherafelt and we believe this store has rejuvenated the area and contributed massively to the local community.”
The Lidl first opened in 2004, and FORRME was contracted in 2017 to undertake the 5 month remodel under a tight programme. Now that it is open, the store boasts a new architectural design and spacious interior layout, meaning it can offer customers a greater shopping experience with the same great value. It effectively brings together a practical and customer led layout, with state of the art design and technological integration.
As the Main Contractor on the project, FORRME demolished the existing Lidl store and constructed a brand-new replacement, spanning an impressive 2,068m2. The fresh-looking store now includes a range of purpose-built areas for staff and customers to enjoy, including a sizable sales area, warehouse/storage and state of the art staff facilities including: showers, a canteen, WC’s as well as an office and meeting rooms.
Externally FORRME designed and executed dry stack retaining walls, drainage, surfacing (paving and bitmac), trolley bays, cycle hoops fencing and landscaping.
Conor Anderson, Contracts Manager at FORRME commented: “Public interface was a key consideration for this project given the close proximity of the site to existing commercial premises and 3 local schools. It was crucial that we minimised disruption to the surrounding community through close liaison and constant communication as the project unfolded.
As with any store redevelopment, it was vital that the project minimised downtimes and the associated loss of sales for Lidl. To ensure the project was complete on time and within budget, careful consideration was given to risk issues such as: the weather; material ordering and delivery; subcontractor availability, co-ordination and involvement as well as peak traffic flow and construction industry holidays.
FORRME was delighted to work with Lidl on this project in delivering a striking and modern store and an enhanced shopping experience for the wider community to enjoy for decades to come.”
Celebrating its 40th anniversary, FORRME recently re-branded from Donaghmore Construction. With overall turnover soaring five-fold since 2014 and staff numbers rising almost three-fold, it is speedily becoming a major player within the construction industry across the UK and Ireland. FORRME’s core areas of expertise include Design & Build, Fit-Out and Consultancy.
To find out more visit: www.forrme.co.uk
The 2019 Northern Ireland RICS ceremony will take place at the prestigious Crowne Plaza Hotel and hosted by Paul Clark MBE. During the evening guests can enjoy a glass of fizz and a three-course dinner at the award-winning venue. It’s the ideal setting to entertain clients, or network with colleagues and make new contacts, whilst supporting their favourite projects.
Sponsored by Sika Building Trust, the RICS Awards recognise excellence in the built environment and showcase the successes of RICS professionals and their impact on local communities.
To book, visit: https://www.rics.org/uk/events/networking/rics-awards-northern-ireland/