"Co-Ops are often the lifeblood of a community. Some shops represent a village’s only food store so any works taking place need to be done efficiently and to a high standard. That’s where our team comes in."
The Co-Op Food Group is carrying out an extensive programme of conversion works at existing sites, in addition to a number of new build stores at key strategic locations, all aimed at improving its nationwide portfolio of convenience stores.
Dice has been working with Kingfisher Construction Services on the new build and conversion of a number of UK sites, with a brief to provide structural and engineering support whilst, in some cases, negotiating live sites. An innovative concept for Co-Op has been the use of temporary pop-up shops. These have been installed to avoid store closures, ensuring shoppers can continue to purchase everyday essentials onsite.
Dice assisted by designing the temporary drainage system within these pop-up shop concepts, as well as supporting with civil and structural engineering design on the main build conversions to allow construction and refurbishment to happen as quickly and as smoothly as possible.
Lakenheath is one of the sites that will benefit from a pop-up shop. As a small village in Suffolk, many of the residents in Lakenheath rely heavily on the local Co-op as one of the few retail offerings in the area. The replacement pop-up shop will ensure that the disruption of the store’s refurbishment is kept to a minimum – delivering real social value for the area.
The team at Dice are incredibly reliable and receptive, consistently delivering high-quality work and adapting to changing – and in some cases, challenging - circumstances when working on both the conversion works and the pop-up stores.Andy Betsworth, Director at Kingfisher Construction Services Ltd