Following a 6 year planning process the new Morrisons at Oswestry was granted permission to build a new concept design store on the site of the old cattle market
The new concept design is one of only 3 at the time in the UK re-visiting all the design aspects of the building from a Value Engineering and cost saving process.
RG Group were appointed following a competitive tender process and started on site in March 2019 to construct the new store, external carpark, new Petrol Filling Station and to install a new Section 278 roundabout on Shrewsbury Road including all major statutory authority service diversions including 7 fiberoptic lines that feed North Wales, 300mm high/medium and low pressure gas mains also feeding North Wales from the midlands and diverting the 4 main 33KV cables feeding North Wales, including additional 11KV cables and ancillary cable diversions.
During the opening up process in the highway it was also established that a 2m x 3m box culvert was found that was not on any record drawing that ran through the middle of where the diversions were planned for which resulted in the service diversions to be re-designed to overcome the underground obstruction.
The main build of the site consisted of 20,000 m3 cut and fill process and the import of stone to build up the levels for the carpark and PFS, enabling the store to be raised by 1.5m to allow for a better shopping environment.
The entire build process was 29 weeks with the last 11 weeks being the fitout of the store and petrol station.
During the build process the site engaged with local charities including Men in Sheds and also the Livability – Maesbury Metals charity that took our surplus materials from site and built registered Bird and Bat boxes that had to be installed on the neighboring trees on the site.