Shepherd Construction snaps up Sainsbury’s store contract

Shepherd Construction’s CSR strategy played an integral role in securing the contract and has led to the contractor also being appointed to oversee the delivery of the CSR programme between all contractors involved with Phase 1 of the Talbot Gateway Development.

The 50-week construction programme on the 12,500m² food store is due to begin in mid-December 2012. Work will comprise the construction of a three-storey building and mezzanine office space, with a complex faceted glazed façade that will be 100 metres wide and 17 metres high. A two-storey, 600-space car park will also be constructed above the store.

This contract is the fourth project that Shepherd Construction has carried out on behalf of Muse Developments, having delivered theSt Paul’s Square Development inLiverpoolin three phases. The last phase of this scheme saw the delivery in 2011 of No 4, a speculative office development which was completed ahead of programme, below budget and with zero defects at handover.

Peter Bates of Shepherd Construction commented: “This project will deliver a high quality building that makes a real statement at the gateway to the whole 25-acre development. Our experience and track record in supporting clients by implementing CSR activities that help integrate a new building within the local community paid dividends in this win.

“We look forward to working with Muse Developments again and playing our role in the delivery of a new civic and cultural quarter forBlackpool.”

Shepherd Construction’s retail experience has included the £180 million Trinity Walk shopping centre inWakefield, which the contractor helped re-start after the development went into administration. Shepherd is also currently carrying out a £4 million extension of retail space at the Clarendon Centre inOxfordand is about to start work on a £9 million mixed-use project onLondon’sOxford Street.