Tolent has been constructing stores on behalf of Lidl UK since 2001. The discount supermarket has a portfolio of over 700 stores, and plans to open up to 50 new supermarkets a year as part of its ambitious growth plans
In order to facilitate efficiencies in the build process, Tolent has worked closely with Lidl and their architects to develop a new store type which has reduced build programmes whilst increasing cost certainty. Whilst we have a relationship with the budget retailer that spans over 17 years and have delivered 5 stores over the last 3 years, supporting the client’s ambitious growth strategy.
The framework requires contractors to meet extremely challenging programme targets, enabling the client to go from site acquisition and planning to store launch in the shortest possible timeframe.
From 2016 onwards, a standardised model was created utilising a range of tools, such as virtual and augmented reality, which allowed the client to appreciate impacts before commitments were made. Using the bimstore platform, a portal was launched to provide real time information to Tolent and design teams. Supplier information was also made available so that construction products could be managed more efficiently.
The supply chain was then reduced and a greater level of standard components introduced. This process has helped Lidl make their development process more efficient and has made them the fastest growing food retailer in the UK.Since then all projects have been based on a standardised store type, utilising a steel frame structure with Poroton clad walls.
The Poroton system was chosen for its many cost and time saving benefits. The system provides an exceptionally fast, virtually dry construction, combined with high strength and thermal efficiency, perfect for application to Lidl stores.