Complete 13,300sqft Tesco supermarket...

...installed in a record 18 hours to support flood-hit community

Tesco had an urgent need for an interim store to help ease some of the problems facing the flood-hit community of Workington in Cumbria. The supermarket would operate in addition to the main Tesco store in Workington, which was now out of reach to thousands of residents cut off on the north side of the River Derwent.

The Portakabin Group was brought in to build a new, 13,300sqft interim Tesco supermarket on a brownfield site using its advanced Portakabin Design and Build solution. The company worked tirelessly to install the building in an unprecedented 18 hours. The store was open and trading just 13 days after work started on site.

The Portakabin Group and main contractors Johnson Construction worked through the night, completing the installation of the store at 6am ready for shop fitting to begin.

“This is the first time we have ever built a store in such a short time. At this time of year our customers are busy enough without a three-hour journey just to get to the supermarket. Many of our own staff have been badly affected by flooding so the temporary store will help them too. This project is a really exceptional achievement.”

Daniel Frith, Tesco Development Manager

The entire building was manufactured less than a week after the Portakabin Group received the order from Tesco. On site, 26 modules measuring 14 metres long were craned into position in an accelerated programme of one unit every 30 minutes. This involved two teams of ten site staff working in shifts through the night, to achieve a watertight envelope as fast as possible for the shop-fitting teams.

The store, which has a retail sales area of 10,000sqft, was a new modular supermarket design that the Portakabin Group had developed with Tesco. It is almost three times the size of the convenience stores manufactured for Tesco previously, and has been engineered to minimise the number of internal columns and maximise clear spans.

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