Simons start work on new Asda store in Devon
Simons have begun work on the construction of a new Asda supermarket in the centre of Barnstaple, Devon. The scheme consists of a 79,000 sq ft steel frame structure with a 40,000 sq ft shop floor area that incorporates George at Asda, a deli and a new style cafeteria, along with other facilities. Externally, the work includes the construction of a Petrol station, 350 parking spaces (with SUDS water retention system), along with hard and soft landscaping.
The project will last approximatley 26 weeks, with an opening due later in the year. Simons began working for Asda over twenty years ago; with work spanning several years of frameworks, the George rollout schemes, along with schemes in Tyne and Wear, Washington, Bangor, Falkirk, Farnborough, Didcot, Milton Keynes, Newark and many more. Currently, Simons are working on 3 Asda stores; One in Ruislip as part of a development for Citygrove, one in Stantonbury for Newcrest and this latest store in Barnstaple.
Tom Robinson, Chief Executive of Simons Group said of the project, “We are thrilled to be carrying out this new scheme for Asda, in a great location and with a fantastic team at hand, ready to deliver. Over the years we have enjoyed working with Asda quite literally from one end of the country to the other! We look forward to raising the bar throughout this project, achieving Asda’s project objectives and creating a great new store for customers in and around Barnstaple.“
Community engagement will be high on the agenda throughout the works. As an associate member of the Considerate Constructor Scheme, Simons will work with Asda and the local community to ensure that any neighbours, interested parties and stakeholders are kept fully informed on progress and possible disruption through newsletters issued by the project team, along with the company’s website and social media channels. During the build programme, Simons will be engaging in activities with local schools, universities, organisations and colleges,
conducting site tours, presentations and projects during the construction phase.