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Tesco Hemel Hempstead

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Tesco Hemel Hempstead
Presented to: Steven Peers
Contractor: Longcross Construction
Client: Tesco Stores Ltd

In a retail park with residential neighbours, this project required an extension to an operating superstore together with extensive internal and external refurbishment.

This site was described by the visiting Scheme Monitor as: "Logistically difficult, with a very close interface with both store customers and adjacent residents. Nevertheless, the team made every effort to accommodate their needs, whilst also fully engaging with the site operatives and the wider public".

Extensive local charity support was observed and research was carried out into the use of surplus retail shelving which was then donated to provide solar concentrators and hotbox cookers for famine areas in east Africa. Pupils from a local primary school visited the site and decorated the hoarding, which also had extensive viewing panels and an Ivor Goodsite 'Hunt the Hazard!' site sign. For dog owners, two purpose-made drinking points were provided, inviting dogs to 'have a drink on us' whilst the owners shopped in store.

A craft day for the local school was held on site, while some of their classrooms and a sports hall were redecorated, and a picnic area was created using recycled materials. The excellent welfare facilities were supplemented by a visiting St John Ambulance representative who provided occupational health advice.

The overall professionalism of the site prompted the Monitor to conclude: "This site is a credit to the industry and thoroughly deserves the very high score awarded".