Stepnell secures Fifth Contract for Lidl

Regional contractor Stepnell has secured its fifth contract with leading supermarket retailer Lidl UK – a multi-million pound scheme to build the global grocery chain’s first store in Loughborough.

Stepnell – which is one of Lidl’s UK construction framework partners – was chosen for the Loughborough scheme following the company’s successful delivery of new stores for Lidl in King’s Heath, Birmingham, and in Oakham, Rutland. Stepnell is also currently building new supermarkets for Lidl in Bedford and Droitwich.

Stepnell began work earlier this summer on the delivery of the purpose-built Loughborough store which is expected to create around 40 jobs locally.

The brand-new building will feature a full-height glazed façade and a modern interior including an on-site bakery, managers’ office and welfare facilities for store employees.  It is taking shape on land to the north of Station Avenue: a brownfield site previously occupied by the former Charnwood Forest Railway building; an annex associated with Trinity College and a former petrol station.

Designed by John Roberts Architects, the new supermarket includes a mezzanine plant deck and will provide 2,460 sq m of space overall, including the 1,424 sq m sales and 589 sq m warehouse areas. The Stepnell team will also create 132 car parking spaces as well as improvements to the Station Street access which will serve the new store. The development is due to be completed in early 2019.

“Our successful relationship with Lidl UK, through its construction framework has seen Stepnell complete a series of demanding fast-track construction programmes for the company, creating attractive, contemporary supermarkets and further underlining Stepnell’s impressive retail construction track record,” says Stepnell regional director Thomas Sewell. “We are delighted to be continuing our association with such a high-profile client.” Stepnell has been awarded five projects for Lidl through the construction framework and last year was named one of the supermarket chain’s top three contractors for health and safety.

Stepnell has also delivered construction projects for a number of other well-known high street names including Costa Coffee and the Co-op.

As well as extending choice for shoppers, the new Loughborough store will boost the town’s economy creating a significant number of new jobs locally. Stepnell is also committed to using local construction workers and suppliers to work on the construction programme wherever possible.

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