B&M Homestore, Canterbury

Project Value: £2.4m

Retail units (total 2,200m²) – 2 phases

Phase 1 – Demolition and construction of three joined retail units

Phase 2 – Fit out for B&M Retail

This project started as a speculative build for a private client commencing with the demolition of an old print works. Once the site was cleared, 60no. large diameter piles were installed along with reinforced concrete pads and ring beam, followed by a large steel portal frame, low level brickwork and metal clad walls and roof. Internally a gas membrane system was installed to deal with contamination issues in the ground along with a large scale concrete floor slab with a power floated finish.

External works consisted of extensive blocked paved parking areas and a concrete service road to the rear for delivery vehicles.

The original idea was for the building to be split into three units, but eventually a tenant was found who wanted to take the complete building.

Following completion of the shell we were then invited to negotiate the tender for the fit out works with B&M Retail based on their standard requirements, but tailored to their specific needs on this project.

The fit out works consisted of the formation of an internal amenity block including offices, toilets and a staffroom.

A large jumbo stud wall was also constructed which divided the shop floor from the warehouse and staff areas. Three new shop fronts were then installed along with roller shutters and staff doors to the rear.

The fit out was completed to a strict timescale to ensure handover was achieved ready for the critical store opening date.

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