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Client’s requirements

This commission was for the construction of a new 40,486 sq ft net sales area store within the town of Sheldon – a small community sandwiched between Birmingham International airport and the city centre. The store was designed with a ‘lean’ approach to material usage and specification, with exposed soffits and mechanical/electrical plant visible to the customer whilst in the main retail areas. The store includes a large customer café, dry cleaning service, florist, bakery as well as the typical fresh meat, fish and pizza counters. The store will also offer approximately 7,500 sq ft additional concessional sales area as well as five separate retail allotments on the ground floor, although tenants for these areas are yet to be confirmed. A 513 space car park will be made up of an exterior car park as well as a ground floor undercroft area.

The contract has been awarded in 2 phases;

  • Phase 1 - construction of the building’s shell (i.e. all structural steelwork, blockwork, cladding, section 278 works, service pop-ups etc.)
  • Phase 2 - shell fit out (i.e. flooring, partitions, refrigeration, sprinkler, M&E works).

Virtus’ Contribution

A member of the Virtus Project Management team was appointed as Project Advisor during the Shell Build phase and Client-side project monitor during the fit out phase. The role was to monitor the works during the shell build, in order to facilitate a controlled handover to the fit out contractor.

The role demanded a close relationship with the shell build’s Principle Contractor and also the Developer’s Team. This enabled a strong understanding of the programme’s health and the risks posed against it. Virtus issued regular reports to the Client detailing the project progress, as well as maintained communication with the fit out Architect.

During the inspection of the completed shell works, Virtus had a strong presence to ensure the completed works were of a quality commensurate with the high standard of workmanship expected by Morrisons. This task drew on the experience the team had in managing the handover of projects of similar scale.

Managing Your Changing Environment

With the Client being based in Bradford, our Project Manager was ideally located to deliver the project. This enabled a regular site presence to be made and allowed for a quick response to any issues arising on-site.

Due to the location of the site, work had to be undertaken with minimal disruption to the neighbouring communities and busy arterial road connecting Birmingham International Airport with the City Centre. This was controlled with a good level of awareness given to the local community and strict traffic management procedures.