Lidl Peckham

Project Description

Client: Lidl
Location: Peckham
Duration: 28 weeks

Lidl, a well-known grocery retailer, planned to expand its existing store by combining it with an adjacent Poundstretcher store. The objective was to create a larger sales floor area while utilizing the Poundstretcher building for warehousing and domestic purposes. The project involved a complicated link extension, substantial extensions to the rear and front of the store, and a complete refurbishment of the original Lidl store.

The project had a total duration of 28 weeks, divided into two phases. During the first 14 weeks, the construction took place while the store remained open for business. This allowed Lidl to continue trading and minimize disruption to its customers. In the second phase, the entire store was closed to facilitate the deconstruction of the original store back to its shell. The reformation and fit-out of the store were then completed within a tight 12-week timeframe.

Project Scope and Challenges The project scope included the following key elements:

  • Conjoining the Lidl and Poundstretcher stores through a complex link extension.
  • Extending the rear and front of the store to significantly increase the sales floor area.
  • Transforming the Poundstretcher building into a new warehouse and domestic area.
  • Managing all Lidl Direct Contractors, including the installation of full refrigeration systems.

The project faced several challenges, including:

  • Minimizing disruption to Lidl’s operations during the live construction phase.
  • Coordinating and integrating the existing structures of both stores to ensure a seamless connection.
  • Managing a tight construction schedule to meet the 28-week deadline.
  • Overcoming logistical complexities while working within an operational retail environment.
  • Ensuring compliance with health and safety regulations and maintaining high-quality standards throughout the project.

The project began with careful planning and coordination to ensure a smooth transition from the live construction phase to the complete store closure phase. Detailed project management strategies were implemented to handle the various aspects of the construction process, including coordinating subcontractors, materials procurement, and adherence to strict timelines.

During the live construction phase, the construction team worked diligently to minimize disruptions to Lidl’s daily operations. The phased approach allowed the store to continue serving customers while construction activities took place in specific areas. Effective communication with store staff and customers ensured a positive shopping experience throughout the construction process.

After the store closure, the deconstruction of the original store and its subsequent reformation was carried out efficiently within the 12-week timeframe. The Lidl fit-out team then took over, implementing store merchandising and stocking the shelves to prepare for the grand reopening.

The successful completion of the project resulted in a significantly larger Lidl store with an expanded sales floor area. The integration of the Poundstretcher building provided additional warehousing space, enhancing the store’s operational capabilities.


COOP Carlton

Project Description

Client: COOP
Location: Carlton
Duration: 32 weeks

7formation has just begun work on our first project for Co-Op-a 450 square meter new build supermarket in Carlton, North Yorkshire. Starting in November 2022 this will be a 32-week project, delivered to the client in the summer of 2023. Upon completion of the clearances, the first phase substructure consists of drainage, car park formation, and laying of foundations.

7 Formation will begin phase 2 of the superstructure by constructing of the steel frame, which will eventually support the brick and block work as well as cladding and roofing panels. Complemented with an Anglian marly roof coving.

The final phase will include the external works to the store including tarmac, block paving, and landscaping with internal fitout by others.


Vertu Motors

Project Description

Client: Vertu Motors
Location: Slough
Duration: 6 weeks

Acting as principal contractor, 7formation were tasked with the internal refurbishment of Mercedes Benz Slough. The job was split into two phases over thirteen weeks.

Phase 1 consisted of the reception area fit out, new toilets, and the formation of two new offices. This included new floor finishes, new dry lining walls and a full electrical fit-out. The first phase was completed with the showroom still open. This was achieved by erecting a hoarding between the ongoing work and the showroom. When the work was completed, this was turned around, so the site was able to remain active.

Phase 2 saw the refurbishment of the showroom itself. This consisted of the removal and replacement of floor tiles downstairs as well as resin floor and the repositioning of electrical boxes to suit a new layout; along with the fitting of two new offices. 7formation also refurbished the mezzanine first floor, fitting new carpet and ceiling tiles, as well as decoration and new lighting.

Throughout both phases, work was also completed on a new handover bay, requiring groundworks, new floor slabs before the fitting of a new glass sliding door.

The project was completed on programme and within budget.


Pure Gym – Leicester

Project Description

Client: Pure Gym
Location: Leicester
Duration: 7 weeks

7formation was tasked with undertaking the complete refurbishment of a 22,000ft2 basement area for Pure Gym Leicester.

The brief required the project to be completed in time for New Year trading. The 7formation team reworked the standard
10-week program and provided around-the-clock services to ensure the challenging deadline was met. 7formation framework agreement with Pure Gym continues with recent projects completed at Leeds, Stafford Sheffield, and Cambridge

Social Climbing

Project Description

Client: Social Climbing
Location: Leicester
Duration: 6 weeks

Acting as principal contractor, 7formation was tasked with creating a unique 700m2 climbing facility for Social Climbing Leicester. Works involved the construction of the front-of-house facilities, a mezzanine floor accessible by stair or climbing walls, and a break-out area including a café.

David Roberts Art Foundation

Project Description

Client: David Roberts Art Foundation
Location: Salisbury
Duration: 8 weeks

The David Roberts Art Foundation was moving to a new warehouse on the outskirts of Salisbury. They have a large Art collection and in order to safeguard them, it required narrow temperature change margins. With the aid of our contractors, the equipment manufacturers, and in-house CAD design, we developed a heating equipment specification and layout within the warehouse to suit the Clients temperature and budget.

The huge size and shape of the building made for a challenging installation, coordination with fire, and the required level of Security coverage was a crucial and key part of the project specification. Overall this project was delivered on time and on budget, giving the client a great and safe space to store their Art Work.

Jewson – Woolwich

Project Description

Client: Jewson
Location: Woolwich
Duration: 28 weeks

7formation were tasked with delivering Jewson’s first Jewson-Go outlet at Woolwich. Acting as principal contractor, the works
involved the fit-out of the new format of a click and collect outlet, and the construction of a concrete vehicle ramp to access parking and storage levels.

adidas – Croydon

Project Description

Client: adidas
Location: Croydon
Duration: 6 weeks

This would be 7formations second project for Adidas, works included the construction of partition walls to form the retail area, changing rooms, and the back of the house, along with the lining of the perimeter walls.

The underside of the roof was sprayed, and the floor received a Pandomo finish. The unit received a full electrical andn mechanical installation to the latest Adidas specification. Bespoke retail racking and display modules were fitted to the sales area, with the back of house area providing staff toilets, kitchen, and canteen. The aggressive 6week project was completed on time and on budget.

Splendid Hospitality – The Grand Hotel & Spa

Project Description

Client: Splendid Hospitality
Location: York
Duration: 10 weeks

7formation was awarded the contract to complete a full series of renovation works for the client, to create a bespoke new visitor
experience, known as the White Rose Lounge, as well as a Cookery School. Works involved changing the function of the old restaurant and meeting room, ensuring the building’s original features were maintained, and creating a finish that was in keeping with the venue’s high standards.

The Inn Collection – The Black Swan

Project Description

Client: The Inn Collection
Location: Helmsley, Yorkshire
Duration: 32 weeks

ICG engaged with 7formation to fully refurbish their newly acquired landmark hotel, The Black Swan, which is in the beautiful historic town of Helmsley, North Yorkshire.

Dating back to the 15th Century, the hotel has Tudor, Edwardian and Victorian buildings which have been converted over the centuries to make one building. Throughout its history, the hotel has hosted many well-known people. William Wordsworth was one of its first famous guests. Several members of the royal family stayed there as well as many other celebrities.

The works included a complete remodeling of the ground floor reception, bar, and restaurant areas as well as a full refurbishment of all the existing 45 bedrooms and internal alterations to allow the hotel to add 16 new bedrooms, all to the Group’s
renowned high specification and branding. The original heating systems, plant areas, and all mechanical and electrical services were stripped out and replaced to a high specification. Working closely with the design team throughout this extensive refurbishment, 7formation remained mindful and respectful of the sensitivity of the building’s history, recognising the importance of retaining the charm, character, and features of the building.

The project was handed over in phases to enable the client to trade early as work progressed. The project was completed in January 2022.

Lidl – Croydon


Project Description

Client: Lidl
Location: Croydon
Duration: 12 weeks

This would be 7formation’s first project for the German supermarket Lidl. The fit-out would include the construction of a steel
mezzanine with concrete slabs to form the welfare area, along with a separate mezzanine for the plant deck, and a steel portal frame to form the Bakery. A further steel frame was installed to support the full-height glazed lobby. The underside of the roof was sprayed white. All perimeter walls were lined, plastered, and decorated, and a dividing wall was built to form the sales floor, warehouse, toilet, cash office, and DRS room. The unit received ceramic tiles throughout. A full M&E package included a new mains board and BMS panels. The refrigeration works included a combined backup chiller and freezer, dry coolers, and sales floor chiller cabinets. The installation of a full-height glazed lobby and auto doors.
External works included the installation of 3 external signs and 1 totem, with the car park being planned and resurfaced. The works were completed on time and within budget for the store opening on Thursday 5th August.

Guildhall Shopping Centre

Project Description

Client: Edinburgh House
Location: Stafford
Duration: 17 weeks

7formation were tasked with the complete renewal of decorative ceilings throughout the shopping center thoroughfares, including the strip out of existing Mechanical & Electrical. New decorative coffer ceilings with feature LED lighting were installed, adapting the. existing ceilings to match the new design. The main ceiling works were carefully phased and carried out through the night to minimize the impact on the shop owners and their customers. Management of the works included the coordination with incumbent sprinklers, fire alarm, and security equipment contractors. A new illuminated
glass canopy was installed at the Market Square Entrance to the grade 2 listed building. The Canopy incorporating integral LED illumination was installed after the center closed, with the team working throughout the night to ensure the entrance was ready for trading the next day. The grade 2 entrance façade would also receive a full chemical clean, pigeon deterrent nets, new feature LED lighting, and a set of new automated doors.

River Island

Project Description

Client: River Island
Location: Bury
Duration: 4 weeks

7formation were tasked with the reconfiguration of RIVER ISLAND’s trading store in Bury. Day and night works were phased in an effort to minimize the impact on customers and local residents. A new kids’ area was installed, involving the construction of a dividing jumbo wall, flooring, electrics, decorations, and display units. Since completion, 7formation has been awarded further contracts with River Island.

VISTRA Trust Corporation

Project Description

Client: Vistra Trust Corporation c.o Jones Hargreaves
Location: Doncaster
Duration: 13 weeks

7formation was responsible for the full refurbishment of 2,500m2 offices, over three floors. Works included new ceilings, flooring, and small power. Alongside these works, specialist floor slab repairs were undertaken in the 15,000m2 warehouse, external roofing works included re-lining of gutters and cut edge corrosion. This project was completed within a reduced schedule to the landlord’s approval, meeting the deadlines of the incoming tenants.

Orbital Trampoline Park

Project Description

Client: Orbital Trampoline Parks
Location: Luton
Duration: 12 weeks

7formation was tasked with converting a 41,000ft2 warehouse site into a fully functional trampoline park, complete with amenity areas, offering a bespoke look and feel. Works included the installation of the 1000m2 mezzanine floor, specialist safety flooring finishes, LED lighting, and state-of-the-art BOSE sound system.

Selco Kingston

Project Description

Client: Selco
Location: Kingston
Duration: 14 weeks

7formation were tasked with the full refurbishment of the Selco branch at Kingston. Works included the strip out, installation of mezzanine, complete M&E services. Creation of new offices and retail area, including the provision of a staff amenity area. External works included concrete hard standing, tarmac finishes and perimeter fencing along with car park lighting


”Steve, I just wanted to drop you a quick line regarding the work recently completed at Selco Kingston. You will no doubt appreciate my general reluctance to introduce a new Contractor to the Selco fit-out team but I have to say that Kym has been absolutely exceptional in the way he has tackled this project. A great set of well-managed sub-contractors with a very high standard of finish. Kym has proved himself to be reliable, respectful and dedicated in his conduct and I am genuinely looking forward to working with Kym and his wider team. It is not every day I send an email like this so keep up the good work! Regards. R.Chandler – Head of Construction

Jewson Royston

Project Description

Client: Jewson / Saint-Gobain
Location: Royston
Duration: 12 weeks

Acting as principle contractor, 7formatio were tasked with carrying out full refurbishment works at Jewson’s Royston store. Whilst the store remained fully operational, careful planning and phasing of the project ensured that the impact on the clients, staff and customers were kept to a minimum.’

Saint Gobain – Pritex

Project Description

Client: PRITEX / Saint-Gobain
Location: Wellington Somerset
Duration: 26

Acting as principal contractor, 7formation were tasked with the internal refurbishment of the PRITEX Factory Building, in conjunction with the reconfiguration to the existing parking area’s and the approach roads serving the factory located at Wellington – Somerset. External works included the forming of a new entrance and the installation of automatic gates and barriers. An extensive re-work of the roads and car park areas to a lorry grade finish, including surface water drainage, perimeter fencing, traffic management, and a new led lighting scheme and car charging facility. The internal works required careful planning with the works phased to allow the factory to remain fully functional. These works included the installation of a mezzanine, the forming and the fit-out of a new laboratory test area, office, canteen, and storage, along with a new engineering area and welding bay. The project was completed on programme and within budget.

Mercure Hotels – Hunton Park

Project Description

Client: Mercure
Location: Hunton Park Watford
Duration: 10 weeks

The success of this project was centered on the hospitality business remaining operational throughout the build phase. The guest room received a total refurbishment including new bathroom, bespoke lighting and new carpet and soft furnishing. The hotel’s period reception area received a full makeover, involving the installation of a new lazer cut marble effect flooring. Bespoke joinery and a LED lighting scheme completed the transformation.’


Project Description

Client: Dinotropolis
Location: Kent – Blue Water Shopping Centre
Duration: 10 weeks

Acting as principal contractor, 7formation were commissioned to deliver the concept of a Dinosaur Adventure Park in the heart of Bluewater Shopping Centre. The 23,000sq.ft area received new mezzanine floors to accommodate customer party rooms, toilets and The Fossil cafe. The ground floor was carefully themed with a three-storey soft play area, and equipment was installed alongside the animatronics Dinosaurs..’

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