Williams Tarr Stay Covid-Secure


Staying Covid Secure

Williams Tarr Stay Covid-Secure

When the first Covid lockdown was imposed on 16th March 2020 Williams Tarr had just commenced a major £5m+ pharmaceutical project that was classified as “essential”. Almost overnight we had to create Covid-19 Risk Assessments and Method Statements for sites and our Head Office to ensure that everyone was safeguarded and fully compliant. This challenge gave us early experience of managing Covid-secure sites, which allowed us to complete the essential project safely and on time.

It was a tall order. An unprecedented situation demanding intense attention to detail and co-operation from all our operatives, supply chain businesses and client’s teams. Williams Tarr were in the vanguard of construction companies who had to tackle the situation “head on”.

We set up our own track and trace system and produced a wide range of unique procedures and notices to combat Covid risks. Practical measures like additional w.c.’s and canteens to ensure social distancing were introduced, along with extra PPE and sanitising stations. We now also have lateral flow testing available for our work force.

Our efforts were successful and since then we have been awarded further pharmaceutical projects that are driven by the demand for pandemic countermeasures.

These days, whilst the risks of Covid infection are reducing, we are still maintaining a vigilant stance to ensure Covid-secure operations in line with current Government guidelines. Our experience of working safely through the first stringent lockdown period has stood us in good stead for the future.

Williams Tarr Contracts Director Trevor Hughes who heads up our Health & Safety commented:

We have always been extremely safety conscious on our sites and are constantly striving to make sure that the challenges imposed by Covid are being managed safely without compromise to project timelines.

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Hyndburn Home Bargains Delivered

Williams Tarr have recently handed over a new 34,000 sq. ft. Home Bargains store at Hyndburn. The contract for T J Morris also included construction of an adjoining 15,000 sq. ft. Fitness Centre for JD Gyms.

The £2.5m design and build scheme involved the total de-construction of an existing detached retail unit back to the steel frame and the complete rebuilding to create two new facilities. The profile of the unit was modernised with the introduction of parapets, and the steel structure had to be strengthened to support the new loadings.

The modern, attractive store, clad in Home Bargains corporate branding style, is in a prominent position on the retail park and has enhanced the area considerably.

Williams Tarr Contracts Manager Paul Hamlett said:

We enjoy an excellent non-adversarial team relationship with our client, T J Morris. Over the past few years Williams Tarr has had the pleasure of building numerous new Home Bargains stores at locations from Wednesbury in the Midlands to Holyhead at the tip of Anglesey and up to North Lancashire. Long may it continue!


Sports Direct Kicks Off at Preston

Williams Tarr are well under way with the construction of a new £4 million-plus mixed retail and leisure project at Preston for Sports Direct. The scheme involves the complete refurbishment and doubling in size of Unit A at Deepdale Retail Park on Blackpool Road.

Formerly occupied by Toys r Us, the original 44,500 sq. ft. unit is being stripped back to a bare steel frame and completely rebuilt, including the introduction of a steel-framed mezzanine floor to the full area, almost doubling the existing floor space. The new unit is being configured to accommodate for Sports Direct, Evans Cycles and Flannels luxury clothing, together with a state-of-the-art Everlast Fitness Centre on the first floor.

As the building sits on a former land-fill site, an extensive network of pre-augured bottom driven piles are being installed to carry the new pad foundations. The mezzanine will have a composite metal deck and power floated concrete floor. Careful reinstatement of existing geo-membranes under the floor slab and external works will be required as works progress.

The new roof and wall cladding will incorporate large areas of glazed curtain walling and feature entrances. Internally the scope includes the introduction of a new passenger/goods lift, a platform lift and an escalator. Changing rooms, toilets and offices for the gym are to be incorporated, together with ancillary store rooms, etc.

Other works include sprinklers, external lighting, new incoming mains and adaptations to external works and drainage.

Williams Tarr Managing Director, David Wilkinson said:

Having recently finished a major retail scheme at Cheetham Hill for Sports Direct, it’s gratifying to secure repeat business. We are very experienced at delivering projects in live environments.



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Sports Direct & Lidl Stores Open at Cheetham Hill

Following the recent major refurbishment by Williams Tarr at Cheetham Hill Retail Park, the new Sports Direct and Lidl Stores are now open for business.

The existing units have been completely re-vamped to an ultra-modern standard with new roof and wall cladding and an extensive mezzanine floor was introduced to increase the floor area by 40,000 sq. ft.

The attractive new curtain walled facades have transformed the old units and created an ambience for the new stores that is more than a match for other retail parks in the area.

Williams Tarr Contracts Manager Paul Hamlett said:

We had to overcome some interesting logistical problems in constructing the new piled mezzanine foundations within the confines of the existing building shell. In the event it all went very smoothly and we’re delighted with the finished job. The new facades look really striking.

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Cheetham Hill Retail Park Refurb Under Way

Williams Tarr have commenced the phase one refurbishment of Cheetham Hill Retail Park for Sports Direct Property Ltd. The £2.6m design and build project to reconfigure and refurb half of the park, entails extensive work to the building envelope including an eye-catching new flat ceramic panel façade with expansive curtain walling and feature entrances.

Internally, a large area of floor slab is to be renewed and piled foundations are being installed to support the new 4,000 m2 concrete mezzanine floor, which will almost double the phase one retail floor area. Other internal works include new escape staircases, pits for lifts and an escalator, new party walls and modifications to sprinklers and emergency lighting.

External works involve adaptations to the car park and entrance pavings, drainage and mains services.

The busy adjoining stores are occupied by B&M Bargains and Currys/PC World, so it is essential that the work does not impact on their trading whilst ensuring full unhindered and safe access to customers. With completion of the shell scheduled in December, Lidl are set to be one of the new occupiers.

Cube are Project Managers for the Client, Pozzoni are the Architects and WYG are carrying out the structural design.

Williams Tarr M.D. David Wilkinson commented:

We’ve been working with the Sports Direct team developing the design on this scheme for some time and we’re delighted that we can now get construction operations under way.  The new facades will give the park a truly outstanding, modern look on this prominent corner site.

Staying COVI-19 Secure in 2020

Essential Project Avoids Lockdown

Williams Tarr have been kept busy throughout the COVID-19 lockdown period. At the outset of restrictions, we had just commenced a £5 million design and build contract on one site for an International manufacturer that was classified as an “essential project”. It was important that construction work on site could continue without delay, to get the facility up and running quickly.

In consultation with our client and health and safety professionals, we worked round-the-clock to devise a comprehensive range of supplementary measures for safe working practices. Thanks to the positive attitude and excellent co-operation from all our staff, supply chain and the client, we have avoided any stoppage of work on site and are on track to complete the contract by the original completion date.

Trevor Hughes, Williams Tarr Contracts and H&S Director, is in charge of the project, keeping a close eye on the works and compliance with H&S guidelines. Trevor explained:

The wealth of experience of COVID Secure measures we’ve gained over the past few months working on this contract has been invaluable as we now resume construction on other sites post-lockdown. We are familiar and strictly compliant with Government rules for ‘COVID-19 Secure in 2020’ and the ‘5 Steps’ that include risk assessment, hygiene, working from home if possible, safe distancing in the workplace and managing transmission risk.

Williams Tarr Managing Director, David Wilkinson commented:

We are fully operational and open for business as usual, with some staff working efficiently from home. However, with the ever-present risk of another spike in the pandemic, we believe that it will be essential to maintain rigorous COVID-19 Secure measures throughout the business for the foreseeable future.

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Home Bargains Hyndburn Commenced

Williams Tarr have commenced work on a £2.5m scheme for T J Morris at the Peel Centre, Hyndburn. The 49,000 sq. ft. Unit 1 is being gutted and completely refurbished and sub-divided to form a 34,000 sq. ft. Home Bargains Retail Store and a 15,000 sq. ft. unit ear-marked for another occupier.

Pictured right – the 49,000 sq. ft. unit about to be rejuvenated

The project involves a full strip out old fixtures, fittings, mezzanine floors and internal  walls.  Then all external masonry cavity walls, profiled cladding and roof coverings will be removed back to the steel frame. The frame will be repaired and be modified to form parapets. New secondary steelwork will be installed for the roof and to support new profiled cladding.  New external walls will comprise facing brickwork and  feature micro-rib composite cladding with expansive glazed shop fronts and entrance lobbies.

Williams Tarr Contracts Manager, Paul Hamlett  says:

Its good to be back on site for T J Morris, on this exciting refurbishment scheme. It’s our latest in a line of retail developments for this valued client, helping to provide a new and exciting store in the Hyndburn area. It’s especially pleasing to be bringing new life to the building which has been empty for a number of years. The design will bring an attractive and striking new façade to the building, and provide the local residents with a top class, modern shopping experience.


NOTE: In light of Covid-19, we want to let you know that Williams Tarr is OPEN FOR BUSINESS.
To protect the H&S of our valued staff, we are safely working from home. Please keep safe during these unprecedented times. #workingfromhome #construction #AllInThisTogether #Covid19UK


Further Business Success for Williams Tarr Construction at Alpla

Williams Tarr is very happy to announce that it has once again secured a repeat business win.

Alpla, one of the world’s leading packaging system designers, based out of Stonecross Business Park in Golborne, has appointed Williams Tarr Construction as Principal Contractor for the next phase of development on its manufacturing facility.

This will be the 4th project that Williams Tarr Construction has completed for Alpla since 2012 and the Company is pleased to once again be secured for this next phase of work.

The project, which is circ £150k in value, includes excavation and alterations to the existing building.

To be selected on more than one occasion by the same business is a great achievement as it confirms to us that the standard and quality of the work that we deliver is appreciated and seen” says David Wilkinson, Managing Director of Williams Tarr Construction.

This next phase of re-development will commence on site in October, lasting for approximately 12 weeks. As with all projects within live manufacturing environments, this project requires extensive planning and organisation prior to us commencing on site. Safety will be our priority throughout.


Williams Tarr seals the deal on Flintshire Retail Park

Williams Tarr Construction is proud to have been awarded the design and build contract for a new retail development at Flintshire Retail Park.

Working on behalf of T J Morris and HMG Investments Limited, Williams Tarr will redevelop existing car parking areas to construct four units to provide a total of 38,600 sq. ft. of new retail space. The £3M project will commence in the coming weeks and will be phased over 27 weeks.

The largest unit in the scheme is a 24,670 sq. ft. store commissioned by T J Morris for Home Bargains, who have outgrown their existing store located nearby on the park. The other three units are being built for the park owners HMG Investments, who have Iceland Food Warehouse lined up for the largest one. The remaining two units are currently under offer, with the potential retailers yet to be named.

Located prominently in the heart of Flint on the A548, the popular Flintshire Retail Park is home to many other major retailers besides Home Bargains, including Sainsburys, ASDA, Farmfoods, Argos, B&M, McDonalds and many more. These four additional stores will ensure that the busy facility remains a prominent and appealing location for shoppers across the region.

Willliams Tarr Managing Director David Wilkinson commented:

“It’s great to be able to confirm that we have secured this job. We have worked with T J Morris on a number of projects and to be appointed to deliver another large Home Bargains store for them is a credit to the work we have already done. In addition, renewing our relationship with clients such as HMG Investments, means that as a company we are continuing to successfully demonstrate our ability to deliver high quality and cost-effective projects. I am looking forward to seeing the finished scheme at Flint which I’m sure will be impressive”.