Building Use

Retail and Wholesale

Project Duration

16 weeks

Procurement Method


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Project Features

  • Offices
  • Customers toilets
  • Staff cloakrooms and restrooms
  1. The Requirements

    Tesco wanted to create a completely weathertight building envelope for a new 20,000 sqft superstore at Haslemere in Surrey. This would enable subcontractors to start work on fitting out at an earlier stage while the external finishes and roof were completed.

  1. The Solution

    The off-site solution would enable the programme time to be significantly reduced, providing a faster return on investment in the new store for Tesco.

    Work started on the foundations at the same time as Portakabin began manufacturing the steel-framed modules in York. Within three weeks of the first units arriving on site, Portakabin had erected the internal envelope for the retail area and the bulk store using its modular building system.

    The polyester-coated steel roof of this system formed the ceiling of the superstore. A secondary pitched roof and external brickwork cladding were added to accommodate extensive plant services and to meet the stringent planning requirements.

    The ‘back of house’ facilities, including offices, customer toilets, staff cloakrooms and restrooms, were created using the Portakabin Design and Build modular building solution. Six steel-framed modules were delivered to site complete with floor and wall tiling, partitions, plumbing, complex M&E services, toilet cubicles, suspended ceilings and doors already in place.

The completion of this pioneering DETR demonstration project proved that programme times could be reduced by seven weeks or more, to just 16 weeks.

The store at Haslemere was the first time we had used a modular building system for the retail sales area of one of our stores. By manufacturing the modules in the factory, we were able to take the building process ‘inside’, which resulted in superior quality and a four-week reduction in time on site.

Richard Rust, Project Manager, Tesco

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