Off-site construction proves ideal for constrained petrol station sites – as the Portakabin Group delivers its 50th kiosk for Tesco


A new petrol filling station kiosk was required by Tesco at Leigh in the North West as part of a major new store development. The project would also be the first application of the latest Tesco kiosk design.


The Portakabin Group was appointed to provide the new facility at Leigh, which was its 50th modular petrol filling station (PFS) for Tesco.

Since the Portakabin Group completed its first petrol filling station kiosk for Tesco near Gretna Green in Scotland, the modular store design has been engineered to accommodate continuous glazing to maximise views from the till positions, larger chillers, reduced column sizes to improve visibility of the petrol pumps, a toilet with disabled access and energy-efficient lighting and refrigeration.

“The Leigh PFS is a good example of just what can be achieved with off-site construction. It looks fantastic and the team there are really proud of their new facility. It is a first-class petrol filling station – bright, modern and functional, helping to reaffirm our position as a world-class fuel retailer.”

Richard Jackson, Tesco PFS Operations Manager for the UK and Ireland

The modular building at Leigh was craned into position in just one day. All plumbing, electrics, partitions, sanitary-ware, counter, tobacco gantry, flooring and kitchen were pre-installed off site at the Portakabin Group production centre in York. Such extensive pre-fitting reduced the time required on site to just four days.

Petrol filling stations are highly constrained sites that require specialist groundworks for the forecourt. By using an off-site solution for the building, work on site is reduced and there is much less disruption.

The Tesco partnership with the Portakabin Group is the result of a long-term commitment and a process of continuous development on the part of both organisations, ensuring Tesco and its customers receive the highest standards of quality, service and value.

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