Modular Building Specialist, Yorkon Is Awarded Its 50th Contract for Tesco

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Off-site construction specialist and Portakabin subsidiary, Yorkon, has been awarded its 50th contract for the UKÂ?s biggest supermarket retailer, Tesco.

Off-site construction specialist and Portakabin subsidiary, Yorkon, has been awarded its 50th contract for the UK’s biggest supermarket retailer, Tesco.

Yorkon is now the sole modular building supplier for Tesco’s ‘Express’ convenience stores and since forming the partnership in 2001, has manufactured buildings worth in the region of £11m for sites as far afield as North Yorkshire and Dorset.

Yorkon’s 50th construction project for Tesco is a new 3,000 sqft standalone store at Fazakerley near Liverpool. Developed on a brownfield site, the store will comprise 9 12m long steel-framed modules and will feature curtain walling to two elevations, a sloping white fascia canopy and full height glazed automatic sliding doors.

The modules will be craned into position complete with glazing, floor tiles, internal walls, freezer/chiller, checkouts, plumbing and toilets pre-installed in the factory. This more innovative method of construction reduces the programme time for a typical Tesco Express store to just four weeks from erection of the building to completion, whilst improving quality, cost control and safety on site.

Guy Digby, Property Services Manager for Tesco Express, said, “Our aim is to deliver stores which meet the changing needs of our customers and to provide a pleasant working environment for our staff. To this end, Tesco formed a partnership with Yorkon three years ago, having explored the benefits of off-site construction, which with volume, is more cost-effective, guarantees quality and reduces build times to the benefit of our customers.”

Keith Blanshard, Director and General Manager of Yorkon added, “We are delighted to be awarded our 50th order for Tesco. This partnership is the result of long-term commitment and a process of continuous improvement on the part of both organisations, ensuring Tesco and its customers receive the highest standards of quality, service and value.”

Yorkon manufactures two store designs for Tesco Express – a standalone option and a store for petrol forecourts. These are available in three store sizes – 2,000 sqft, 2,500 sqft and 3,000 sqft and two layout configurations to suit individual sites. Yorkon has also completed a number of bespoke projects for Tesco, including a 2-storey store with office accommodation above the retail area, pitched roof and brick cladding.

Tesco Express customers also benefit from an in-store bakery, ATM machine, air conditioning and the availability of fresh, frozen and chilled products.

For further PRESS information, please contact:                Y/05/96a

Joanne Bridges, PRO – Yorkon

Bridges Communications

Tel: 01423 542680

Fax: 01423 540525


Editor’s Notes

1. Yorkon’s award-winning modular building system is an efficient alternative to traditional site-based construction, which saves time, guarantees quality, improves safety and minimises disruption.

2. Modular building involves the manufacture of steel-framed modules in a factory environment, using production line technology, whilst the foundation works are completed on site. The modules are delivered to site by road where they are craned into position in just a few days.

3. Yorkon recently scored another industry first with the launch of a pioneering warranty package. A 20-year structural warranty and 5-year product warranty are part of a new and unique Customer Charter introduced to set out Yorkon’s commitment to delivering every project to the highest quality standards.

4. Yorkon has been honoured with the award for Off-site Manufacturing Specialist of the Year at the Specialist Contractor Awards for the second consecutive year. The awards are organised in association with the Department of Trade and Industry.


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