The science behind the design of a retail store is a process the general public is beginning to realise. We designed the layout of the carpark, store entrance and journey through the store to give the customer the best experience possible.
Above all, the ambience of the store should encourage shoppers to browse the aisles slowly, unharassed and without impediment. When any of elements fail, then shoppers start to spend less and look for alternatives.
Roofing and asbestos case study at a superstore, Redruth
A large superstore in Redruth, Cornwall store had been experiencing problems with the asbestos roof for several years, with leaks causing a drop in revenue and footfall and an increase of risk of injury to their colleagues and customers.
Before Starfish Construction began working with the client, they had been unable to find a suitable principal roofing contractor to undertake the specialist work. After delivering many projects successfully for the same client, and being able to demonstrate appropriate experience, Starfish Construction was chosen as the most competent principal contractor to deliver the job successfully.
The main issues highlighted during our technical survey were:
- Fragile and aged asbestos/cement roof sheets
- Dislodged and damaged glass roof lights
- Corroded purlins, compromising the structural integrity of the warehouse roof
- Internal damage to the store due to water ingress
- Badly leaking guttering.
- 247 tonnes of hazardous roof and wall cladding safely removed
- 197 tonnes of roof & wall cladding & purlins installed
- 9,751m2 of roof installed
- 1,935m2 of wall cladding installed
- Life expectancy above 40 years
- Heating bill savings over £125k p.a.
- Zero RIDDOR
- New access system.
Challenges and Solutions
Redruth is a large store open 24 hours with high volumes of footfall. One of the deciding factors in selecting Starfish Construction as the main contractor was that we were able to demonstrate that the work could be completed to a demanding timescale, safely, to a high standard and while the store remained fully operational throughout.
Some of the key considerations and factors were:
- Store to remain operational 24/7
- Staff and the general public had to be kept safe
- We carried out the project during the worst Cornwall winter in 40 years
- Elements of the structure were critically unstable
- Fragile and broken asbestos and cement roof
- Broken and ill-fitting glazing panels.
Industry-leading design and roofing solutions
Our highly skilled in-house design team created detailed plans and drawings, encompassing all design elements required for the project. All our technical drawings, produced after our technical survey team, has carried out comprehensive inspections by operatives and drone, ensuring every aspect of the job has been thoroughly checked and considered before we begin work.
Safe and expert asbestos removal
Our construction trades division directly employs qualified asbestos removal experts trained to remove and dispose of the asbestos safely. On-going air-monitoring is vital to ensure the safety of our staff clients employees, customers and the environment.
Like our client, Starfish Construction is committed to reducing environmental impacts, safe disposal, and reducing waste where possible.
Replacement roof and cladding system
After the safe removal of all the failed roof and cladding elements, our team began the work of replacing the purlins, roof and cladding. We installed a new, safer access system to make it easier for any routine maintenance.
As part of the replacement roof structure, we installed a new lightning protection system. The quality of the replacement roof and cladding was such that it helped insulate the building and reduced heat loss in winter. Overall the new roof was expected to save over £125,000 per annum in heating costs. As more and more businesses look for ways to reduce their environmental impact, we must highlight the considerable reduction in heating costs must that was a key outcome from this project.