Tesco - Newry
The design and construction of new 90,000sq ft Tesco store, designed on stilts to incorporate over 500 car parking spaces in the undercroft. The store is environmentally friendly, incorporating many innovations including large rooflights to introduce natural lighting into the sales area and Clerestory glazing introduced to the side elevations. The building frame also provides for future expansion as it was designed to allow an internal Mezzanine to be installed at a future date. The service yard and staff car park was suspended and constructed from precast concrete decks and parapets.
The site neighboured residential properties on both the north and south boundaries, bounded by a rover on the weat boundary and a main arterial road to the east boundary therefore we faced and mediated many challenges to complete the store, which covers the footprint of the site. The site also required the removal of 970,000sq ft of earth and the installation of a 12m high auger piled retaining wall to the south boundary, which extended to the river resulting in the requirements for coffer dams to facilitate construction. We carried out extensive landscaping to aid in protecting the surrounding area from the impact of the large structure on stilts, including consideration given to sound attenuation and screening planting to suit planning requirements and minimise the effects on neighbouring properties.