Lidl GB have ongoing expansion and regeneration plans across the country and the conversion of a former Waitrose store in Oadby, Leicestershire was a part of this scheme.
Having been sold to Lidl by the high end supermarket in 2019 due to the store being unprofitable, Princebuild commenced work on the project in late Spring and carried out the full refurbishment in just 18 weeks.
The project included the strip out of the existing Waitrose store back to its shell followed by the installation of new wall linings, ceilings and flooring. All mechanical and electrical services were replaced and externally the car park was resurfaced and new below ground drainage was installed.
New solar panels were also fitted the roof to assist with the stores carbon footprint and Lidl's commitment to sustainability.
One unusual aspect of the project was the installation of new air handling units which were to be sited within the existing building. This required each individual section,weighing 1000kg, to be carefully lifted, rotated onto their side, tracked into the building, rotated back and stacked together. This was carried out with a tandem lift utilising two spider cranes to contend with the low head room internally.
The new store has a 1,422m² sales area and features facilities such as an in-store bakery, longer-style tills,customer toilets, baby changing and ample parking for both cars and bicycles.
The project was delivered on time and to a very high standard which the Lidl team were very pleased with.