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.
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.
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.
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.
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.