Lidl Udercroft

Testimonials Our clients are in public and private sectors, including government bodies, developers, main contractors and owners. Market areas in which we currently work are commercial, residential, industrial, hotel and leisure, education, and water engineering. Shane O’Farrell Lidl Head of Property NW London Read More SDS design engineers & architects developed a prototype precast concrete store in London. The aim was to reduce the construction time by at least 20% but also to maintain the visual appearance of the store. The SDS team completed the brief successfully. Cillian OwensContracts Manager, John Sisk & Son Limited Ireland Read More I have worked with SDS design engineers since 2005. In my experience SDS provide quality, cost effective designs on time and within budget. Cathal ScottPractice Manager, CQS Group Read More We analysed numerous foundation solutions for retail stores over the years and found that the SDS designed lean raft foundation for store buildings is the most efficient foundation with respect to cost and materials used. Previous Next

Shankhill

| THE DEVELOPMENT The Shankill Neighbourhood Centre is an €8 million, mixed-use development which has transformed a deserted shopping centre in Shankill Village into a modern space serving the needs of the community.The centre was designed with sustainability at the forefront. It incorporates many sustainable features and is certified to ISO50001 energy standards. It provides a state of the art undercroft style Lidl store, a separate creche and a third building which houses a pharmacy, a café and proposed medical centre. The project required the realignment of an 80m long, 3m high retaining wall to give lands to the local authority for the future installation of bicycle and bus lanes.The project also features a planted plaza area, generous pedestrian walking zones, accessible ramps and stairs, car and bicycle parking and drop off/pick up areas.SDS carried out the role of civil and structural engineer throughout the entire project life and the role of architect during the construction stage.We were also the design and assigned certifier for the project. | THE BUILDING Block A – Pharmacy, Café, Medical Centre(699 sq m)This block is a 2-storey building which has a café with outdoor seating, a pharmacy and a lobby for the medical centre on the ground floor. The first floor is the medical centre unit, which could also be used as office space. It was constructed using traditional insulated cavity, masonry walls with a structural frame of in situ reinforced concrete and precast hollowcorefloors and roof. | THE BUILDING Block B – Creche (323 sq m)This block is a small creche unit, just one storey and fully accessible for adults and children alike. The building exits at ground level and there is a little ramp and steps which lead down to a small garden below, which is ideal for outdoor play. Originally, we were employed to design to shell and core only, but we later carried out the fit out works too. This meant becoming familiar with the requirements of Tusla for a creche facility. It was constructed using traditional insulated cavity, masonry walls with a steel frame and hollowcore roof. Block C – Lidl building (2,773 sq m)This block is a two-storey building, the entirety of which is an undercroft style Lidl retail store. This includes a car park and entrance lobby at the ground floor with a travellator and, lifts and stairs accessing the Lidl store on the first floor. It was constructed using a concrete frame, poroton masonry and glulam (glue laminated) timber beams with a green sedum roof. | SUSTAINABLE FEATURES THROUGHOUT THE SITE • Green roof and glulam roof beams to the Lidl building.• Permeable paving throughout the car park to provide SUDs.• EV (electric vehicle) car charging points.• Poroton clay masonry in the Lidl store.• Sun blinds and anti glare glass to reduce solar gains.• Retention and protection of multiple existing trees. Testimonials Our clients are in public and private sectors, including government bodies, developers, main contractors and owners. Market areas in which we currently work are commercial, residential, industrial, hotel and leisure, education, and water engineering.  Shane O’Farrell Lidl Head of Property NW London Read More SDS design engineers & architects developed a prototype precast concrete store in London. The aim was to reduce the construction time by at least 20% but also to maintain the visual appearance of the store. The SDS team completed the brief successfully. Cillian OwensContracts Manager, John Sisk & Son Limited Ireland Read More I have worked with SDS design engineers since 2005. In my experience SDS provide quality, cost effective designs on time and within budget. Cathal ScottPractice Manager, CQS Group Read More We analysed numerous foundation solutions for retail stores over the years and found that the SDS designed lean raft foundation for store buildings is the most efficient foundation with respect to cost and materials used. Previous Next

Tullamore

| PROJECT BRIEF SDS performed the roles of architect, engineer and assigned certifier for Lidl Ireland GmbH who celebrated the opening of its 200th Store in July 2019, following eight months of construction. Representing a substantial investment into the locality, the modern architectural building measures nearly 30,000 square feet and stands at over seven meters tall, making it a statement development for the town centre of Tullamore.This new development involved the regeneration of a brownfield, town centre-zoned site, which was formerly the site of the old Bacon Factory, and has provided for a River Walkway along the Tullamore Silver River. A new link road between Church Road and Tanyard Lane road provides a major piece of road infrastructure for the town while providing access into the Lidl car park.The regeneration of this site dramatically improved the approach into Tullamore and the new store design, incorporating local stone and Kingspan cladding, has enhanced the urban fabric of the town, while being sympathetic to the local vernacular. A striking, inviting entrance area directs customers into a large sales floor with wider aisles and a large bakery. High-level exposed glulam roof beams and side light windows create a bright but warm space.The store boasts improved facilities, including customer toilets, a baby change area and a spacious staff room.This new state-of-the-art development is further enhanced by a Community Plaza at the store front, which comprises stone paving and soft landscaping, allowing for pedestrian connectivity with Tullamore town centre.  | PROJECT BRIEF The design brief for the proposed new store was to create a contemporary new building that was still in keeping with the surrounding areas.The internal design of the store is continuously changing to meet the demands of the modern customer. This resulted in the need for large 25m clear spans in the shopping area to allow for a better flow throughout. The clear span in the sales area has glulam beams, which add richness to the roof design.The programme of works required a different approach to traditional construction methods. The construction of the building consisted of precast beams, a clay block wall system and columns, in conjunction with a specially-designed glulam roof. These elements had to be fully co-ordinated and fabricated off site to minimise the construction period of the store. | Materials The specific requirements for the store in Tullamore and the local vernacular required the use of stone which would be sympathetic to the local area. The store also has large areas of white render. The new concept store incorporates the following high quality materials and equipment:– Large glulam beams span the building providing uninterrupted spaces.– Full height front glazing and high level windows throughout the store distribute natural light.– Muted colour schemes and high quality finishes create an enhanced shopping experience.– Exposed services are kept to a minimum and cleverly concealed.– New chiller and freezer cells ensure that the highest quality of products is offered to customers, whilst optimising delivery schedules. | SUSTAINABILITY Sustainability was at the forefront of the design process from the outset and was considered at every point throughout the project. The new Tullamore store incorporates a range of strategies to reduce environmental impact. It is powered by green electricity and has been built to be certified to ISO50001 energy efficiency standards. The store also offers customers free use of a number of electric vehicle charging points. Lidl is the largest provider of electric vehicle chargers in the Irish supermarket sector, enabling customers to charge their electric vehicles free of charge whilst they shop.The store also incorporates the following sustainable features:– Sustainably sourced glulam roof structure throughout the building.– Maximises natural lighting through glazing and high level windows.– Efficient LED dimmable and presence activated lighting.– Energy efficient heating system with recovery wheels. Testimonials Our clients are in public and private sectors, including government bodies, developers, main contractors and owners. Market areas in which we currently work are commercial, residential, industrial, hotel and leisure, education, and water engineering.  Shane O’Farrell Lidl Head of Property NW London Read More SDS design engineers & architects developed a prototype precast concrete store in London. The aim was to reduce the construction time by at least 20% but also to maintain the visual appearance of the store. The SDS team completed the brief successfully. Cillian OwensContracts Manager, John Sisk & Son Limited Ireland Read More I have worked with SDS design engineers since 2005. In my experience SDS provide quality, cost effective designs on time and within budget. Cathal ScottPractice Manager, CQS Group Read More We analysed numerous foundation solutions for retail stores over the years and found that the SDS designed lean raft foundation for store buildings is the most efficient foundation with respect to cost and materials used. Previous Next

LIDL DRUMCONDRA

| PROJECT BRIEF SDS performed the role of architect, engineer and assigned certifier on this modern architectural building in the heart of Drumcondra in North Dublin. The project involved the regeneration of a brownfield site which was formally a car garage and adjoining creche. The architectural design of the building was adapted to fit the local venacular of the street. The building includes a new Lidl store at first floor level and a retail unit and large cafe at ground floor level.Large windows on the street elevation and high level exposed painted steel roof beams create a bright and open space. | TECHNICAL CHALLENGES The design brief for the proposed new store was to create a contemporary new building that was keeping with the surrounding areas. The internal design of the store is continuously changing to meet the demands of the modern customer. This resulted in the need for large 25m clear spans in the shopping area to allow for a better flow throughout. The clear span in the sales area has painted steel beams, which add simplicity to the roof design. The programme of works required a different approach to traditional construction methods. The construction of the building consisted of a structural steel frame, a concrete block wall system and columns, in conjunction with a specially designed steel roof. These elements had to be fully co-ordinated and fabricated off site to minimise the construction period of the store. | MATERIALS The specific requirements for the store in Drumcondra and the local vernacular required the use of dark brick which is sympathetic to the local area and in keeping with local adjoining building design.The new concept store incorporates the following high quality materials and equipment:– Large steel beams span the building providing uninterrupted spaces.– Full height front glazing travelator from ground floor to first floor.– Muted colour schemes and high quality finishes create an enhanced shopping experience.– Exposed services are kept to a minimum and cleverly concealed.– New chiller and freezer cells ensure that the highest quality of products is offered to customers, whilst optimising delivery schedules. | SUSTAINABILITY Sustainability was at the forefront of the design process from the outset and was considered at every point throughout the project. The new Drumcondra store incorporates a range of strategies to reduce environmental impact. It is powered by green electricity and has been built to be certified to ISO50001 energy efficiency standards. The store also offers customers free use of a number of electric vehicle charging points.Lidl is the largest provider of electric vehicle chargers in the Irish supermarket sector, enabling customers to charge their electric vehicles free of charge whilst they shop. The store also incorporates the following sustainable features:– Maximises natural lighting through glazing and high level windows.– Efficient LED dimmable and presence activated lighting.– Energy efficient heating system with recovery wheels. Testimonials Our clients are in public and private sectors, including government bodies, developers, main contractors and owners. Market areas in which we currently work are commercial, residential, industrial, hotel and leisure, education, and water engineering.  Shane O’Farrell Lidl Head of Property NW London Read More SDS design engineers & architects developed a prototype precast concrete store in London. The aim was to reduce the construction time by at least 20% but also to maintain the visual appearance of the store. The SDS team completed the brief successfully. Cillian OwensContracts Manager, John Sisk & Son Limited Ireland Read More I have worked with SDS design engineers since 2005. In my experience SDS provide quality, cost effective designs on time and within budget. Cathal ScottPractice Manager, CQS Group Read More We analysed numerous foundation solutions for retail stores over the years and found that the SDS designed lean raft foundation for store buildings is the most efficient foundation with respect to cost and materials used. Previous Next

LIDL WELLPARK

| PROJECT BRIEF SDS design engineers were the Architect, Civil & Structural Engineers and Assigned Certifier on this conversion. An existing bulky use building was converted into a modern state of the art retail store with a sales area of 962m2. 530 car park spaces are provided on site for the entire retail park, including reserved spaces for families and disabled shoppers.The new store boasts a modern architectural design, spacious interior layout with high ceilings and wide aisles, meaning customers are offered a greater shopping experience, with the same great value. A Lidl to Go coffee machine and a bakery area offer customers an increased range of delicious, freshly baked goods, tea and coffee. | NEW LIFT The store incorporates a newly designed and installed lift which allows customers access the store from the underground car park.

Aungier Street

| PROJECT BRIEF SDS performed the roles of architect, engineer and assigned certifier on this retail store modernisation. This newstate-of-the-art store revitalised local history through the preservation of several one-of-a-kind archaeologicalremains. The remains of an 11th-century house are clearly visible beneath a glass section of the floor of the store which allowsshoppers to look at the ruins below. The structure was built by the Hiberno-Norse inhabitants of Dublin who were ancestors of the Vikings and had a mixture of Gaelic and Scandinavian heritage. Built around 1070 AD, the structure was found during the excavations at the Scape development and provides a remarkable insight into how people once lived. It was built by digging a pit in the ground and lining it with blocks of local calp limestone, before laying a floor of planks and building an overarching structure of post and wattle, roofed with thatch. For about one hundred years, different generations used the sunken-floored structure in multiple ways and it burned to the ground at least once. Undeterred, its inhabitants rebuilt, raising the floor level with clay, realigned the entrance passage, constructed a new doorway and installed a stone-lined cistern fed with water from outside by a gully. A similar glass panel, near the store’s checkouts, showcases an 18th century ‘pit trap’ associated with the stageworkings of the former Aungier Street Theatre. The sunken-floored structure was discovered during excavations of the site, close to Dublin Castle. The foundations of the medieval parish church of Saint Peter which served Dublin parishioners from c.1050 to c.1650 are also preserved beneath working areas of the new building. | SUSTAINABILITY Where ancient history meets modern design, Lidl Aungier Street has been built with sustainability in mind. The modern building is fully equipped with an ISO 50001 certified Energy Management System as well as a spacious interior layout, high ceilings and wide aisles creating a comfortable shopping experience for customers. | HISTORY Information panels and artwork interpreting the remains are also displayed throughout the new store. Testimonials Our clients are in public and private sectors, including government bodies, developers, main contractors and owners. Market areas in which we currently work are commercial, residential, industrial, hotel and leisure, education, and water engineering.  Shane O’Farrell Lidl Head of Property NW London Read More SDS design engineers & architects developed a prototype precast concrete store in London. The aim was to reduce the construction time by at least 20% but also to maintain the visual appearance of the store. The SDS team completed the brief successfully. Cillian OwensContracts Manager, John Sisk & Son Limited Ireland Read More I have worked with SDS design engineers since 2005. In my experience SDS provide quality, cost effective designs on time and within budget. Cathal ScottPractice Manager, CQS Group Read More We analysed numerous foundation solutions for retail stores over the years and found that the SDS designed lean raft foundation for store buildings is the most efficient foundation with respect to cost and materials used. Previous Next

Castleknock

Testimonials Our clients are in public and private sectors, including government bodies, developers, main contractors and owners. Market areas in which we currently work are commercial, residential, industrial, hotel and leisure, education, and water engineering. Shane O’Farrell Lidl Head of Property NW London Read More SDS design engineers & architects developed a prototype precast concrete store in London. The aim was to reduce the construction time by at least 20% but also to maintain the visual appearance of the store. The SDS team completed the brief successfully. Cillian OwensContracts Manager, John Sisk & Son Limited Ireland Read More I have worked with SDS design engineers since 2005. In my experience SDS provide quality, cost effective designs on time and within budget. Cathal ScottPractice Manager, CQS Group Read More We analysed numerous foundation solutions for retail stores over the years and found that the SDS designed lean raft foundation for store buildings is the most efficient foundation with respect to cost and materials used. Previous Next

Lidl Glenageary

| PROJECT BRIEF The design brief for the undercroft store is to allow a clear span sales floor at first floor level, with a column layout at ground floor level suitable for parking and traffic movement. | TECHNICAL CHALLENGES The construction of the building includes a column layout at ground floor level suited to the parking layout with a podium slab at first floor level to allow an alternate column location for the first floor. The clear span sales area has glulam beams which add a richness and design to the large mono pitch roof. Services are aligned and integrated around the glulams. The full height of the mono pitch and full height glazing allows for an open and airy entrance area with travellators providing an easy access between the two levels. | COST AND TIME Lidl have a wide experience regarding the construction of their stores, the construction of non-standard stores such as Glenageary presents additional challenges and the need to adapt new techniques and practices. The construction time for a store is carefully analysed in advance of a tender issue and subsequently agreed with a main contractor allowing for any risk factors. As with all retailers completion within a given programme is very important. The construction period for the Glenageary store was 26 weeks to allow for an opening date in December 2016, the store was completed on programme and budget. | MATERIALS The specific requirements for the store in Glenageary and the local vernacular required the use of a brick which would be sympathetic to the local area. The store also has areas of granite stone cladding, and render. Alucobond panels which would be used on many Lidl stores form the roof edge detail and cladding to the side elevation.Lidl use products suited to the construction of their stores and the infill panels within the main walls are a Poroton block which provides a quick construction method and also an insulation value suited to the building use. | SUSTAINABILITY Lidl stores generally utilise energy efficient systems for lighting and heating, including LED lighting, PIR controls and a Building Management System.Insulation and Airtightness values would be in excess of current requirements. The Store in Glenageary has a green roof to 85% of the store.

Lidl Dover

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The construction of a licenced retail store on a site with a large quantity of chalk gave the team some unique challenges. The store was constructed in 28 weeks.

Lidl Bermondsey

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The construction of a two-storey licenced retail store in Bermondsey. SDS Limited prepared tender drawings and oversaw the design-build contractor during construction.