A.C. Lloyd Holdings – New warehouse & showroom facility

In 2017, J Tomlinson was appointed by the AC Lloyd to construct a new 17,500 sq. ft. steel-framed and metal clad warehouse and showroom facility, which had been pre-let to builders' merchants, MKM.

Scope

Construction of approx. 17,500 sq. ft. warehouse and showroom facility

Client

AC Lloyd

Value

£1.2M

Duration

February - September 2017

Summary of works

• Construction of approx. 17,500 sq. ft. warehouse and showroom facility
• Close collaboration with client and end-user
• On time/budget completion
• Rigorous legal and safety requirements

Project Background

A.C. Lloyd Holdings is a property development and investment company based at Tachbrook Park, Warwick.

In 2017, and following a comprehensive tender process, J Tomlinson was appointed by the company to construct a new 17,500 sq. ft. steel-framed and metal clad warehouse and showroom facility within Tachbrook Park. The unit was pre-let to builders’ merchants, MKM, prior to project commencement.

MKM would require space for its many products and displays, spacious kitchen and bathroom showrooms, and staff and customer facilities. In order to get up and running with their new store, the company was keen to move in as soon as possible, and had planned an event to celebrate the opening of its 50th branch.


J Tomlinson Solution

Tachbrook Park is a popular retail/industrial park which is home to a variety of businesses so health and safety was at the forefront of J Tomlinson’s focus upon being appointed to the project and throughout the duration of the works.

Prior to commencement on site, J Tomlinson issued letters to local businesses to inform them of the works that would be taking place, and provided contact details in case of any queries. All occupants were kept updated throughout the project.

Some of the potential hazards that were identified and mitigated by J Tomlinson included traffic management, the proximity of the public highway, existing line services, and a prominent telegraph pole already existing on Juno Drive.

As the site was located adjacent to a busy highway, extra works were needed to comply with section 184 of the Highways Act with regards to the creation of entrances to site; this would include the relocation of the telegraph pole. These works were carefully managed, with traffic management and pedestrian management, fully detailed and clear signage together with adequate temporary protection fencing to delineate the work areas to ensure health and safety was maintained for all members of staff and public. In order to expedite the lengthy legal process, J Tomlinson also worked directly with the respective local authority highways departments and electricity providers to arrange for disconnections, reconnections and relocation.

J Tomlinson kept the client abreast of the progress of the works throughout every stage of the project; this was achieved through regular meetings and weekly reports.

Towards the final stages of the project, J Tomlinson worked directly with the end-user – MKM – to allow early access to the site to facilitate racking installation internally and externally, and to commence their showroom fitting-out works.

Thanks to excellent programme management, flexibility and close communication with the client, the new unit reached completion within budget, and in time for MKM to host a highly-anticipated and well-attended opening event.


Project Achievements

ON-TIME AND BUDGET COMPLETION – despite legal delays, the project was completed in line with the programme, and to a high standard

FLEXIBLE APPROACH – J Tomlinson allowed the unit’s future occupants access to site prior to completion to facilitate the end-users own internal works

COLLABORATION WITH EXTERNAL PARTIES – J Tomlinson worked directly with external parties – including local authority highways departments and electricity providers – in order to expedite the programme and comply with strict legal requirements

SAFETY FIRST – As works took place on a busy retail park, J Tomlinson employed stringent health and safety measures to ensure and maintain the safety of the public, the client, and all site employees