The work was undertaken during the COVID-19 pandemic whilst aiming to meet the strict deadlines set by the client.
The project was to construct a new 22,000 sq. ft. retail unit between two existing units. The building consisted of a steel frame structure, part clad / part block externals with a glazed frontage. A vibro-compaction piling exercise was undertaken due to the ‘made ground’ conditions beneath.
Noting the proximity of the existing Matalan and M&S units we undertook underpinning and improvement of the foundations of the Matalan unit, whilst also maintaining a fire route for the M&S store.
Multiple services crossed our site including data and utilities therefore, prior to the start of the contract, all existing services and CCTV was disconnected without affecting the service to the rest of the retail park.
The site was located on a busy retail park, and with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, still very busy and in use by the general public. Through strict control, we were able to continue our operations on site. Public realm works included redirecting pedestrians away from the site boundary and altering the car park arrangements.
The client wished to expedite the commencement of the contract to ensure the tenant was able to begin their operations by 1st October 2020. By working with our supply chain and implementing Lean Construction principals across our operations we ensured that all trades notified the project team and one another of progress and potential delays.
All work was undertaken on behalf of The Council of the Borough of South Tyneside’s pension funding scheme, with Aberdeen Standard Investments acting as Portfolio Manager.