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Morrisons Bridgewater Distribution Centre

Mechanical Services For Morrisons Largest Regional Distributon Centre

KEY FACTS

Client Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC
Project Fresh, ambient and frozen product warehouse facility
Services HVAC, Gas, Plumbing, BMS System, Cooling
Division Mechanical

Project Description

All mechanical services for a regional distribution centre on a mile long site covering 78 acres, built to operate 24/7 supplying fresh, ambient and frozen products to Morrisons stores across the UK.

Supplying BREEAM Excellent Mechanical Services For One Of The UK’s Busiest RDCs

Morrisons is the UK’s fourth largest supermarket group, serving customers across the UK through almost 500 stores and an extensive home delivery network. Keeping stores and online fulfillment centres supplied requires significant product storage capacity.

Operating 24/7 and located near Bridgwater, within sight of the iconic Willow Man outdoor sculpture, Willow Green is one of Morrisons’ busiest sites incorporating bulk storage for fresh, ambient and frozen products.

As part of a tight 45 week project schedule, the team from Mitton Group has completed the installation and commissioning of all mechanical services on the site, including heating and ventilation, gas, plumbing, building management controls system and cooling.

BREEAM ‘Excellent’ Ratings

With the remit to achieve a post construction BREEAM Excellent rating on completion of the build, innovation was the driver for Morrisons’ Bridgwater RDC team on this build. This reflects the supermarket giant’s own commitment to environmentally sustainable practices.

From the incorporation of solar systems and rainwater collection, with grey water systems augmenting toilet supplies right down to the inclusion of shut off valves, non-percussive taps and drives which ramp down when not needed, the entire site is a model for sustainability.

All systems link into a comprehensive Building Monitoring System to achieve and maintain optimum levels of performance across the board. Mitton also carried out a site-wide EPC for BREEAM purposes as well as individual building EPCs.

KEY CONTACT

Neil Burns

Neil Burns

T: 01274 691177
E: neil.burns@mittongroup.com

Morrisons Ambient Warehouse in Sittingbourne

Bringing a Major Regional Distribution Centre to Life

KEY FACTS

Client Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC
Project Ambient warehouse, Sittingbourne
Services HVAC, Gas, Plumbing, BMS System, Cooling
Division Mechanical

All mechanical services for new build ambient warehouse covering 900,000ft2 serving the South East of England for Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC.

Installing Mechanical Services For A 900,00ft2 Ambient Warehouse

Morrisons is the UK’s fourth largest supermarket group, serving customers across the UK through almost 500 stores and an extensive home delivery network. Keeping stores and online fulfillment centres supplied requires significant product storage capacity.

The ambient bulk storage facility in Sittingbourne is one of seven locations operated by Morrisons, covering 900,000ft2 with a total of seven kilometres of aisles. In 2009, Mitton Group was commissioned to install mechanical services across the entire new build facility. This included heating, ventilating, air conditioning, gas, plumbing, building management system controls and cooling. As well as the warehousing space, the facility includes staff toilets, canteens and offices.

This was a major project requiring input from specialist teams located at Mitton depots across the UK. With a timeframe of less than 10 months, and further complicated by the need to manage inter trade cooperation as work was completed by other teams throughout the building, Mitton Group completed the project on time and to budget.

Today, Morrisons Sittingbourne ambient warehouse delivers to a total of 86 stores, picks product for online fulfillment and delivers to overseas wholesale customers as well as stocking product for onward delivery to other RDCs across the UK.

KEY CONTACT

Neil Burns

Neil Burns

T: 01274 691177
E: neil.burns@mittongroup.com

New Morrisons Deli Counter

Mitton Wins Major Service and Maintenance Contract With Morrisons

KEY FACTS

Client Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC
Project Planned Maintenance and Emergency Call Out & Repair Services
Services HVAC, Plumbing and BMS controls/Reactive & PPM
Division Mechanical, Electrical

Morrisons has selected M&E specialists Mitton Group to manage planned maintenance, emergency call out and repair services for heating, ventilating and air conditioning facilities throughout the organisation’s network of over 400 stores nationwide as well as key ancillary sites including logistics, manufacturing and Head Office.

Planned and Reactive Maintenance Provision Nationwide

The two companies enjoy what must be one of the industry’s best established commercial relationships, having worked together on mechanical services projects for over half a century. Mitton will manage both planned and reactive maintenance right across the Morrisons estate, operating from established service centres nationwide located in Bradford, Swindon, Northampton and Livingston in Scotland.

The remit of work covers planned maintenance, quoted repairs and call out services, with all key sites remotely monitored from Mitton’s Bradford HQ using advanced building management systems. Locations include sites as geographically diverse as Inverness, Worthing and Gibraltar.

Mitton will also provide Morrisons with 24/7 Helpdesk support, with all engineers equipped with dedicated mobile devices and specialist management software for job allocation, task information and KPI processing.

Including The Mitton Group Totalcare Service

The contract also gives Morrison access to Mitton Group’s Totalcare Store and Site Technician service, operated by qualified teams of technicians carrying out hard FM and minor building repairs. Mitton Totalcare will visit stores and other locations on a fortnightly basis, providing interior building fabric repairs, PAT testing, fire extinguisher maintenance and water hygiene checks.

KEY CONTACT

Mark Kelly

Mark Kelly

T: 01274 691177
E: mark.kelly@mittongroup.com

A couple leaving a B&Q store

Mitton Group Awarded B&Q Facilities Management Contract

KEY FACTS

Client B&Q
Project M&E and Building Fabric Repair Services
Services HVAC, Plumbing and BMS controls/Reactive & PPM/Electricals
Division Mechanical, Electrical

In a landmark deal underlining Mitton Group’s growing reputation for performance across the retail sector, the company has been awarded a contract by DIY giant B&Q to provide mechanical, electrical and building fabric repair services to almost a third of its estate in the UK.

Mitton will provide professional facilities management services to 279 sites located across mainland UK, including logistics, manufacturing and Head Office, covering an area stretching from Cambourne in the south to Aberdeen in the north.

Planned and Reactive Maintenance Provision Nationwide

Mitton Group will provide expert mechanical and electrical services to B&Q via the Group’s existing network of service centres located around the UK, already servicing some of the country’s leading names in the commercial, industrial and retail sectors.

Working with B&Q, the scope of facilities management work will cover preventive maintenance and reactive callouts for services including HVAC, plumbing and BMS controls as well as electrical, lighting and small power requirements.

B&Q stores will also benefit from Mitton Group’s Store Tech solution which provides each location with fortnightly maintenance visits covering water hygiene, PAT testing and minor building fabric repairs.

Fast, Targeted and Relevant Maintenance Services

The contract will be managed via Mitton’s existing call centre at the company’s head office in West Yorkshire, and staffed by qualified personnel providing fast, targeted and relevant maintenance services.

KEY CONTACT

Gavin Lewis

Gavin Lewis

T: 01274 691177
E: gavin.lewis@mittongroup.com

The Deli counter at Morrisons Stranraer

Comprehensive Overhaul For Morrisons Stranraer Store

KEY FACTS

Client Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC
Project Extensive Store Refurbishment and Building Works
Services HVAC, Building Works, Washroom Refurbishment, Gas Main Upgrade, Fire Suppression System, BMS System
Duration 5 months
Division Mechanical

The Morrisons store in Stranraer was a legacy from thecompany’s acquisition of the Safeway estate back in 2003. Although upgrades to property and systems had been carried out over the years, the supermarket giant deemed it was time for the store to receive a total refurbishment and facelift in line with its established ‘Fresh Look’ programme, making location more inviting to customers along the lines of today’s retail expectations.

Work carried out by Mitton Group included scoping the project, creating a totally new glassed in frontage to increase space and improve aesthetics, lifting bulkheads throughout to open up the store, a new café and washrooms as well as refurbishment of HVAC systems and upgraded gas mains.

A Challenging HVAC And Building Works Project

The Morrisons Stranraer ‘Fresh Look’ project involved a significant front of store extension designed to provide additional sales floor area, a much larger in-store café and refurbished customer washroom facilities. As part of the project, all the existing bulkheads located around the perimeter of the store were raised to open up the area and give a clear view.

The increased area required the installation of an additional roof mounted air handling unit to provide adequate comfort heating to the front of the store, complemented by new low pressure hot water entrance door heaters. Destratification fans were installed to the fresh and frozen food aisles for customer comfort. Additional boiler plant was also installed; during a previous boiler refurbishment the Mitton team was aware of this impending total refurbishment and was able to
plan in additional space back in 2017 for ease of installation, keeping costs to a minimum.

A new café kitchen was installed, including all domestic services, supply and extract ventilation, Ansul fire suppression and air conditioning to the seating area, all linked in to the building management system. An additional extract canopy was installed to accommodate a new oven and chicken fryer, matched to the existing adjacent pie shop canopy.

In addition, the project included the installation of new customer washroom facilities including all plumbing, sanitaryware and extract ventilation, new plumbing and sanitaryware to staff toilets and the installation of air conditioning for the staff canteen, again linked in to the building management system.

As part of the programme of works, inter-trade cooperation was also a consideration, requiring careful planning. Upgrade of the existing gas main into the store was scheduled to coincide with the car park construction programme managed by the main contractor.

The store was relaunched to the public on schedule in July 2019 upon completion of the five month programme.

KEY CONTACT

Johnny Knowles

Jonny Knowles
Director

T: 01274 691177
E: jonny.knowles@mittongroup.com

Nevendon Community Centre

Nevendon Community Centre

KEY FACTS

Client Enviro Building Solutions/Basildon Council
Project M&E for modular build preschool and community centre incorporating commercial kitchen, offices, stores and washrooms
Services M&E, Intruder Alarms, CCTV
Duration 4 months
Division Mechanical & Electrical

Mechanical And Electrical Services For Modular Building Project

When Basildon Council were looking to create a new community centre and preschool to replace existing facilities located on two separate sites, they selected modular building construction methods to deliver an affordable, fast track solution.

The project was designed and installed by Enviro Building Solutions, who partnered with Mitton Group for the mechanical and electrical works, creating a totally new facility providing extended potential for the local community.

You can walkaround the new Nevendon Community Centre using the 3D app below.

Community Event Hall, Kitchens And Preschool Facility

Work began April 2019, with the entire project completed and commissioned in December 2019. The attractive and functional building houses a six metre height community event hall, preschool facility, full commercial kitchen, members’ bar and lounge, washrooms and storage space.

Work completed by Mitton Group included all mechanical and electrical works including heating systems, hot and cold water provision, air conditioning, lighting, intruder alarms and CCTV. Modular building construction methods enabled the Mitton team to complete most works offsite to first fix stage plus some elements of second fix, facilitating accurate planning and scheduling, increasing efficiency and reducing time spent on site.

The end result is the creation of a new and modern facility, constructed far more quickly and efficiently than by using traditional building methods, which has been welcomed by the local community.

KEY CONTACT

Johnny Knowles

Jonny Knowles
Director

T: 01274 691177
E: jonny.knowles@mittongroup.com

fitting washroom at Morrisons store Guiseley

Morrisons Toilet Refurbishment Project

KEY FACTS

Client Wm Morrisons Supermarkets Plc
Project Toilet Refurbishment Project
Services Mechanical & Electrical Design & Build
Duration 3 Weeks per project
Division Building Services

Background To The Project

With over 500 stores and an online home delivery service, Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC serves customers across the UK, specialising in food and grocery, sourcing and processing most of the fresh food sold through the company’s own manufacturing facilities. Every week, 11 million customers pass through the doors of Morrisons stores nationwide.

With the focus on providing the best facilities for customers, Morrisons were looking for a professional and cost effective project managed solution for the refurbishment of in-store customer toilet and changing facilities.

Scope Of Work

Following initial trials, Mitton Group commenced a full scale rolling refurbishment designed around a three week programme at each store, working closely with store management to minimise disruption. Each individual stage was completed during a Monday to Friday working week to ensure Saturday trade was not interrupted.

The refurbishment solution represented a total package, incorporating building works, floors, construction, joinery, decorations, plumbing, signage, power and lighting. Designing in hygienic wall and ceiling cladding solutions removed the need for wet trades, reduced routine maintenance and resulted in an easy-clean finish. The Mitton systems include the latest plumbing technology in the shape of sensor flow taps and toilet cisterns.

Project Summary

In total, Mitton has refurbished customer toilets across 307 stores, covering male/female/disabled and babychange facilities, representing 60% of the current estate, plus staff washrooms in 49 stores. The work has resulted in an excellent finish and high quality provision for customers.

KEY CONTACT

Johnny Knowles

Jonny Knowles
Director

T: 01274 691177
E: jonny.knowles@mittongroup.com

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