Building Use

Retail and Wholesale

Project Duration

16 weeks

Procurement Method


Why buy from Portakabin

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

    Portakabin was appointed to provide the new facility at Leigh, which was its 50th modular petrol filling station (PFS) for Tesco.

    Since Portakabin completed its first petrol filling station kiosk for Tesco near Gretna Green in Scotland, the modular store design has been engineered to accommodate continuous glazing to maximise views from the till positions, larger chillers, reduced column sizes to improve visibility of the petrol pumps, a toilet with disabled access and energy-efficient lighting and refrigeration.

    The modular building at Leigh was craned into position in just one day. All plumbing, electrics, partitions, sanitary-ware, counter, tobacco gantry, flooring and kitchen were pre-installed off site at the Portakabin production centre in York. Such extensive pre-fitting reduced the time required on site to just four days.

Petrol filling stations are highly constrained sites that require specialist groundworks for the forecourt. By using an off-site solution for the building, work on site is reduced and there is much less disruption.

The Tesco partnership with Portakabin is the result of a long-term commitment and a process of continuous development on the part of both organisations, ensuring Tesco and its customers receive the highest standards of quality, service and value.

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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