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Retail Construction Projects

Russell WBHO has extensive experience in delivering large-scale retail park developments, and refurbishments as well as individual fast-track store builds and leisure facilities. We work with both developers and directly with major retail brands to deliver timely, cost-effective projects.

We have delivered in excess of 500,000 sq ft of large format supermarket store builds, and a further 250,000 sq ft at out-of-town retail parks, both new build and refurbishment. Our highly experienced retail team understands the specific challenges of working within the retail construction environment.

Whether the facility is being provided as part of a larger masterplan, or within a retail park redevelopment, we have the capacity to deliver.


Russell WBHO Retail Construction Specifics

Retail park construction projects

White City

The selective demolition of existing retail parts and the creation of five new build units totalling 59,000 sq ft of additional space was part of the challenge Russell WBHO faced when constructing White City retail park in Old Trafford.

As part of owner Derwent Holdings’ investment, 10 existing units were refurbished, and the pedestrian walkways improved – bringing the total space of the park up to 148,000 sq ft. The refurbed units were modernised with new glass facades and ceramic rain screen cladding, and brought up to modern building regulations with improved efficiency and the new build elements designed to match.

Detailed logistical, health and safety plans were implemented so that existing occupiers could remain on site, and stores left open to the public causing minimum disruption.


The construction of Anlaby retail park consisted of four new build units amounting to 70,000 sq ft of retail space for Derwent Holdings, the national property developer, for major brands including Argos and Next. Each unit is made of a steel frame construction with large glazed panels and a natural rain screen system.

Anlaby site was a light industrial park thatrequired ground remediation and construction of an attenuation pond as well as the installation of a large concrete culvert. The pond was later landscaped into an attractive water feature.

Because of the location of the park the retail construction project incurred Section 62 highways works which saw us design and install a new signalised junction into the site. All of which was completed to the client’s timescale, budget and satisfaction.

Supermarket store retail construction projects

Russell WBHO have worked on the retail construction projects for major retail brands including:
● Waitrose
● Morrisons
● Tesco
● Asda
● Aldi
● Lidl


We undertook the retail construction of a new Asda superstore in Broadheath, Altrincham. The £6.4m contract included the associated external works such as the service yard, landscaping and parking for over 386 cars and highways improvement – all in addition to the 70,000 sq ft of the new store.

The Chatham waters Asda retail construction project was designed by AHR Architects and included the construction of a petrol station. Russell WBHO worked closely with Peel Holdings’ project team to re-engineer the ground and feed into the store’s design enabling us to build it as effectively and efficiently as possible. The 73,000 sq ft store forms part of the first phase of a wider £650 million regeneration scheme.


The Waitrose retail construction project at Northwich required preparing the site for construction by:
● Demolishing a derelict cinema
● Removing asbestos and knotweed
● Treatment and removal of hydrocarbons
● Re-engineering site levels above potential flood line of canal-side site
The 50-week programme included the demolition, clearance, and the new build of the 27,411 sq ft retail space, landscaping, construction of new river wall, slipway and public footpath, creation of car parking and delivery areas. This was the first phase of a masterplan to regenerate Northwich town centre,completed on time and on budget.

For the Walton le Dale retail construction project Russell WBHO had to convert a 40,000 sq ft bowling alley into Preston’s first Waitrose. The project had a four-month programme deadline for handover to the Waitrose in-house fit out team, for the store opening to take place as scheduled.

Refurbishment involved a strip out of existing fittings, removal of internal walls and installation of new flooring. We were also responsible for creating an attractive, double-height glass atrium for the entrance lobby, the signature of the Waitrose brand.

If you want to see more detail on our retail construction projects and our work with other major retail brands, you can find out more below.

“We’ve worked with Russells before in the North West and were impressed with their track record in delivering new retail facilities, and so brought them on board for this project in Kent. The team didn’t disappoint and delivered the project five weeks ahead of schedule.”

– James Whittaker, Development Director, Peel Land & Property


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