Sainsbury’s sustainable store, designed by Stride Treglown, opens its doors

Stride Treglown is pleased to announce the completion of a brand new 40,000 square foot superstore for the town of Weymouth. The new store opens its doors for the first time in mid-October, and forms part of the new Weymouth Gateway Development, a masterplan including a hotel, family restaurant and office space for the clothing retailer New Look.

The building utilises pioneering sustainable technologies and construction techniques to considerably reduce its carbon footprint. It has included a hybrid Glulam and steel structural frame, a highly insulating timber roof and a cutting edge biogas generator to provide the store with both heat and electricity. The petrol station continues this ethos and features a revolutionary canopy, which incorporates photovoltaic solar glazing capable of generating some of the energy required to run the kiosk.

The store’s contemporary design also includes a dramatic roofscape, and uses locally sourced materials to realise a striking, contemporary building, while still being grounded in tradition. The building is heavily glazed and has over 100 prismatic rooflights, maximising the natural light within the store and reducing the need for artificial lighting.

The development was delivered using a fully integrated BIM methodology, allowing close collaboration between the contractor and their consultants. This process allowed design development to be carried out using a series of 3D models provided by specialist consultants, and allowed for easy interrogation of the proposals and the use of automated clash detection techniques. Through these procedures, the design team was able to produce accurate production information within a tight time frame, maximising cost efficiencies and creating time savings within the fast-track program.