RG Carter Projects have carried out refurbishment and enhancement works to three stores acquired by Waitrose in St Saviours, Red Houses and the islands capital St Helier in Jersey.
The stores, covering a total of some 65,000 square feet previously traded under the Safeway banner, and that of local operator Checkers.
Each project ran consecutively ensuring only one store was closed at a time on the island, which presented some interesting challenges in terms of logistics, planning of suppliers and the shipment and haulage of goods.
St Saviours was the first to be overhauled, in a little over two weeks, opening on February 17th, at which point the St Helier branch closed for four weeks, opening on March 17th. Red Houses also saw a rapid four-week refurbishment, opening on April 14th, being the largest of the there stores with a first floor café, and home depot selling furnishings.
Time wasn’t the only challenge faced by R G Carter. Logistics also tested the team, as some equipment and supplies had to be shipped over from Southampton.
Early contract involvement in planning, logistics and public relations for the three acquisitions ensured the projects were completed smoothly.
R G Carter procured a 55,000 sq ft holding facility on Jersey (Bartlett’s Jersey Royals potato factory) in which imported materials and plant could be stored.
Meet the Buyer days established which services could be found on Jersey, however, it was still necessary for building materials including shelving, floor tiles and windows to be brought in, along with fridges and coldrooms.
Access equipment also had to be loaded at Southampton and shipped over by Heilin Renouf. Deliveries arrived every weekday throughout the works.
Repeated crossings of the channel between Southampton and Jersey also brought the team into contact with international maritime law, which meant they had to learn how to operate in a different legislative regime.
The St Helier store is located in a valley and had previously suffered quite severe flooding so flood defences had to be installed to prevent repeat occurrences. It also received new cold rooms, checkouts and landscaping.
Fridges from the former supermarkets were returned to the UK, helping R G Carter achieve the responsible target of 99% of all waste being recycled.
The former Checkers store in Red Houses was the largest, at 25,000 square feet spread over two floors. Private apartments were also located within the development, requiring daily liaison with residents, keeping them informed of progress, whilst working hours and noise issues were constantly monitored to ensure disruption was minimised.
A car sharing scheme was utilised throughout the project to minimise carbon emissions.
Local labour and suppliers were used wherever possible.
Year 1 children from the Plat Douet school were given a guided tour of the St Saviours store during the refurbishment.
Environmental features included HFC-free fridges and water chilled refrigeration.
Considerate Constructors ‘Performance beyond compliance’
“The construction team should be commended for their hard work in making this branch such a wonderful environment to shop and work in”
Jon Ford, Branch Manager, St Helier
“I am delighted we will now be able to bring the full Waitrose offer to the Channel Islands.”
Mark Price, Managing Director, Waitrose
“The Project Manager and his specialist site team are undertaking this fast track project professionally and skilfully.”
Michael Worrell, Considerate Constructors Scheme
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