Having worked with Morrison’s for over 25 years, Watson Batty Architects were appointed for the internal fit out and shell alterations on the Supermarket and Petrol Filling Station located at Dalton Park, for which we were originally involved with the initial shell construction project 5 years ago. Completed during the first Covid-19 lockdown, the project involved the production of design, tender and construction information.
The supermarket and petrol filling station had previously been dormant; however, due to the significant increase in demand for food retail services during the pandemic lockdowns, Morrison’s highlighted the significance of this Dalton Park store as being key to satisfy additional demand in the area.
The Dalton Park store incorporates a traditional Morrison’s Foodstore with Morrison’s famed Market Street, Café and Specialist Barista but with the addition of facilities to enable Click and Collect and Online shopping services to be provided from this location, satisfying the changing shopping habits that the pandemic has created within the population.
The design, tender and construction works were all undertaken at a time when the UK was immersed in the first lockdown and there was great uncertainty as to how construction projects would proceed. Once Essential Worker status was established for the Construction sector and through working closely with the Design Team and Principal Contractor, principles of social distancing were utilised to ensure the construction works progressed whilst ensuring the safety of all site personnel. As well as socially distanced site visits, video conferencing was widely utilised to minimise non-essential travel and contact.
The project was designed and delivered on programme during one of the most challenging periods of our lifetime.