NI based construction firm FORRME recently completed a comprehensive redevelopment of a Lidl store in Magherafelt, Northern Ireland. The new space effectively brings together a practical and spacious customer led layout, with state of the art design and technological integration.

The store first opened in Magherafelt in 2004 and FORRME was contracted in 2017 to complete a full redevelopment of the site within a tight 5 month programme.

Commenting on the success of the project Scott Nelson, Project Manager at Lidl commented: “FORRME were the Main Contractor appointed to demolish and rebuild our store in Magherafelt. Working on a very tight programme FORRME committed to meet all the key milestones and delivered a very successful project. Both customers and staff are delighted with our new store and we are looking forward to working with FORRME again on future projects”

As the Main Contractor on the project, FORRME demolished the existing Lidl store and constructed a brand-new replacement, spanning an impressive 2,068m2. The fresh-looking store now includes a range of purpose-built areas for staff and customers to enjoy, including a sizable sales area, warehouse / storage and state of the art staff facilities including: showers, a canteen, WC’s as well as an office and meeting rooms.

Externally FORRME designed and executed dry stack retaining walls, drainage, surfacing (paving and bitmac), trolley bays, cycle hoops fencing and landscaping.

Conor Anderson, Contracts Manager at FORRME commented, “Public interface was a key consideration for this project given the close proximity of the site to existing commercial premises and 3 local schools. It was crucial that we minimised disruption to the surrounding community through close liaison and constant communication as the project unfolded.

“Traffic considerations were also key – we worked closely with TransportNI, an adjacent contractor, local traders and schools to create a succinct Traffic Management Plan.

Timing was another crucial element of the project according to Conor, “As with any store redevelopment, it was vital that the project minimised downtimes and the associated loss of sales for Lidl. To ensure the project was complete on time and within budget, careful consideration was given to risk issues such as: the weather; material ordering and delivery; subcontractor availability, co-ordination and involvement as well as peak traffic flow and construction industry holidays.

“FORRME was delighted to work with Lidl on this project in delivering a striking and modern store and an enhanced shopping experience for the wider community to enjoy for decades to come.”

Celebrating its 40th anniversary, FORRME re-branded from Donaghmore Construction in January this year. With overall turnover soaring five-fold since 2014 and staff numbers rising almost three-fold, it is speedily becoming a major player within the construction industry across the UK and Ireland. FORRME’s core areas of expertise include Design & Build, Fit-Out and Consultancy. To find out more visit: www.forrme.co.uk