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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

Cookridge Fire Station Boiler Replacement

KEY FACTS

Client West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service
Project Boiler Replacement, Cookridge Fire Station
Services Air Conditioning
Duration 4 Weeks
Division Mechanical

Background To The Project

In commercial buildings, providing heating and hot water can account for up to 60% of the total energy footprint, so efficiency and environmental considerations are often key drivers for upgrading HVAC building services. When West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service (WYFRS) were looking to upgrade facilities at their fire station in Cookridge, Leeds, they turned to Mitton Group to provide a cost effective and efficient solution.

Scope Of Work

The Mitton team began by stripping out the old heating system and water heater, replacing this with a gas fired cascade condensing system which successfully combines advanced technology with controls to maintain maximum operating efficiency, delivering cost benefits and operational reliability.

The immersion heater for hot water was replaced with an indirect cylinder, which means the hot water is fed by the heating system, providing added efficiency. All radiator valves were replaced, and a new building management control system installed.

The Mitton team faced a number of challenges with this project, which included a tight time window to handover as well as operational issues; Cookridge Fire Station is a 24 hour manned base, so all working gear and equipment had to be kept clear and out of the way at all times so as not to impede personnel and vehicles in the event of an emergency call-out.

The work was completed on time and to budget, and Mitton Group has now also replaced the boiler at WYFRS Meltham Fire Station to benefit from similar operational efficiencies.

KEY CONTACT

Johnny Knowles

Jonny Knowles
Director

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

Changing lights to LED at a B&Q store

B&Q LED Upgrade

KEY FACTS

Client B&Q
Project LED Upgrade
Services Electrical
Duration 7 Weeks per project
Division Electrical

Background To The Project

Overhead lighting can be difficult and expensive to maintain. Mitton Group has completed lighting upgrade projects for B&Q stores in Glasgow and East Kilbride, where a move to LED lighting technology is providing much improved light quality for both customers and staff, as well as reducing overall costs through reduced running costs, maintenance requirements and longer unit life.

The stores in question were operating with suspended overhead lighting systems featuring T5 fluorescent lamps. B&Q had made the decision to upgrade these using energy efficient LED lighting technology, which offers a number of important and very attractive benefits compared to more traditional lighting technologies.

Scope Of Work

The stores had an average of 700 light fittings. The Mitton team completed the projects over an agreed period of time, using quick turnaround techniques to minimise disruption, with work carried out both during and out of hours dependent upon access requirements. As part of the project, the team also redesigned the control systems to ensure that lighting levels were reduced during daylight hours, optimising energy efficiency, as well as upgrading existing emergency lighting systems in line with current health and safety regulations.

Durable LEDs offer higher levels of breakage resistance and are largely immune to vibrations and other impacts. They also provide ‘instant 100% illuminance’ with no IR or UV emissions, resulting in more sustainable solutions. B&Q is expected to roll out the lighting upgrade project at other locations across the UK.

“The new LED lighting technology is providing enhanced levels of energy efficiency combined with extended life. Combined with reduced labour costs associated with replacing lamps in commercial environments, this work has resulted in smarter, lower maintenance lighting systems.” Gavin Lewis, Mitton Group

KEY CONTACT

Gavin Lewis

Gavin Lewis

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

A Mitton engineer calibrating an aircon system

BAE Systems Training Academy Humberside Airport

KEY FACTS

Client BAE Systems
Project New Training Academy Humberside Airport
Services Mechanical Design & Build
Duration 32 Weeks
Division Mechanical

Background To The Project

The RJ Mitchell Aircraft Maintenance Academy, named after the inventor of the Spitfire, is a new £5M training academy for apprentices to learn how to work at air force bases across the world, opened in 2015. Located at Humberside Airport in North Lincolnshire and run by defence giant BAE Systems, this world-class facility will take on 60 apprentices a year and is expected to create more than 150 jobs over the next three years.

Scope Of Work

The academy is purpose-built for training with four workshops, six classrooms and an accommodation block. Mitton teams have been responsible for the installation of VRF air conditioning systems to all workshops and offices, utilising a central control system, plus all water services, sanitaryware, extract ventilation for washrooms and drainage.

Mitton has also installed a compressed air ringmain for the workshops and hangar area as well as an oil fired warm air central heating system serving the hangar.

CELEBRATING THE HISTORY

On the eve of the grand opening, the facility was temporarily home to 13 Spitfires from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight plus privately owned Spitfires. These historic aircraft flew the following day across the skies of Yorkshire to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Unternehmen Adlerangriff – the
German operation to destroy the Royal Air Force in the Second World War, remembering the sacrifices made by the many young men of Fighter Command.

KEY CONTACT

Johnny Knowles

Jonny Knowles
Director

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

Primark Merryhill Store Extension

Primark Merry Hill Store Extension

KEY FACTS

Client Primark
Project Merry Hill Store Extension
Services Mechanical Design & Build
Duration 20 Weeks
Division Mechanical

Background To The Project

Irish fast fashion operator Primark currently operates over 350 stores across the UK and the Republic of Ireland. It has recently opened a flagship store located at Merry Hill Shopping Centre in Birmingham.

Primark’s major expansion plans for the site brought back into use the centre’s former BHS site, which had remained unoccupied since the collapse of the department store chain back in 2016. Primark has expanded its footprint by 70% in this move, enhancing the customer shopping experience with a total of 60,000ft2 of shopping space.

Scope Of Work

Mitton Group was contracted by Primark to complete extensive heating, ventilation and air conditioning works at the new store. The work included a full range of mechanical heating and ventilation facilities, encompassing space heating, hot and cold water services and comfort air conditioning, bringing the store up to the standards specified by Primark to optimise the environment for customers.

The Mitton team worked closely with other contractors to optimise inter-trade cooperation, ensuring that all works were completed and commissioned in line with Primark’s operational requirements.

“Mitton has extensive experience in developing and maintaining mechanical services systems for the retail market. Alongside design and installation competences, the organisation operates service centres nationwide to facilitate a fast response service for customers in sectors including grocery, fashion and FMCG, meeting the very specific challenges of the retail environment.” Jonny Knowles, Mitton Group

KEY CONTACT

Johnny Knowles

Jonny Knowles
Director

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

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