Ganson UK was the main contractor on the project to build a new mega-store for the retail giant, Home Bargains at Ballinderry/ Knockmore Roads in Lisburn. The client, TJ Morris Ltd appointed Faithful + Gould to project manage the whole build which incorporated principal design services, health and safety and QS services.
Project Manager, Martin Harney described aspects of the project as ‘tricky’ but said everyone involved with the build delivered a first-class job. The redevelopment of this brown field site, which was once the site of the former Down Royal bar, included the construction of the retail unit which is circa 18,000 sq ft, civil works – namely the car park, service yard and alterations to public highway and structural work to a retaining wall.
Building work began last September and the project took approximately six months to complete. With a telecommunications mast in a prominent position on the site and a structural wall needing to be moved back a number of metres there were plenty of challenges for Ganson UK. “It took a lot of care to work around the mast,” said Project Manager, Martin Harney. “It was vitally important that the mast’s power supply was maintained and not damaged and this was trickey as we discovered it crossed the site.
“We then needed to co-ordinate certain areas of work with the external contractor who was working on the public highway as there were some overlaps.” A traffic management plan was implemented with Ganson’s Community Liaison Officer consulting with the client representative, local residents and businesses to minimise adverse public impact. A popular cycle route also made its way past the site entrance and Ganson UK made sure a new route/pedestrian pathway was created.
An existing retaining wall also had to be moved back about three metres and into a bank and again this was a challenging aspect of the job due to its proximity to the phone mast.
Despite the challenges TJ Morris Ltd was delighted with the finished mega-store and the new Home Bargains opened for business in early summer. “Ganson UK were an excellent company to work with,” said Martin. “They were certainly very competent and they got things done to a high standard. As I have said this job presented a few challenges but the team from Ganson was able to problem solve and come up with the right solutions each time.
“I know the customer is very pleased and as independent project managers we are also very pleased with how the project has been finished.”
The on-site problem solving was only achievable through high levels of communication between the multi-disciplinary teams. Ganson UK held regular on-site meetings to determine the detailed and intricate engineering solutions, overcome complexities, manage the sub-contractors, which included external utility companies and their cooperation with the new road layouts. A monthly programme review with key sub-contractors also took place to monitor actual progress of the project.
Regular forward planning included a four-week forward view including appraisals of trade programmes/lead-in times. The development adhered to industry best practice in regard to environmental, economic and social sustainability and included the ethical and/or local procurement of labour and materials and a site waste management plan with targets set for water and energy savings.
Ganson UK offers a full range of construction services including management contracting, design and build and partnerships in addition to traditional building arrangements. The range of work undertaken varies in type and size from multimillion pound contracts to small and medium sized projects.
Ganson UK is fully committed to providing a quality service – completing projects to the highest standards. The Company is certified to ISO 9001,14001 and 18001 standards. The Company is also dedicated to maintaining a safe working environment for all employees and significant resources are deployed to ensure best practice in the areas of Health & Safety. In 2012 the Company was awarded Safe-T- Cert accreditation, recognised by the International Register of Certificated Auditors (IRCA).
The attention to detail and preparation shown by James Haughey & Co on the electrical work for the new Home Bargains store in Lisburn was second to none.
The County Antrim based electrical contractors installed the car-park lighting, access controls and CCTV system. A major element of their contract was the re-positioning of the main incoming services and associated switch gear.
This piece of work required very detailed planning and preparation as well as liaising with the local authorities and NIE to facilitate a shut-down of power and a switch-over to a temporary generator which was put in place at 4am to avoid potential disruption.
“As far as the customers were concerned nothing happened, the shop operated as normal,” said Eddie Haughey. “This was down to the co-ordination and preparation which was carried out beforehand. The success of the job was borne out by the fact that everything went so smoothly.
“The project was a good one to be involved in, we have worked with Ganson UK on a number of occasions in the past and they are a good firm to work with.
“The job was finished well and we were pleased that the client was happy and the handover went very smoothly.”
The redevelopment of this brown field site, which was once the site of the former Down Royal bar, included the construction of the retail unit which is circa 18,000 sq ft, civil works – namely the car park, service yard and alterations to public highway and structural work to a retaining wall. Building work began last September and the project took approximately six months to complete.
With a telecommunications mast in a prominent position on the site and a structural wall needing to be moved back a number of metres there were plenty of challenges for Ganson UK.
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