Williams Tarr Win New £4.5m HQ for Kays Medical


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Williams Tarr Win New £4.5m HQ for Kays Medical

Williams Tarr Construction have won the design and build contract for a new £4.5 million HQ office and warehouse facility for Kays Medical at Speke.

The 50,000 s.f. scheme will provide a state-of-the-art 3 storey office block linked to a high bay warehouse. External works include a new access road and service yard, 70 car spaces and dense landscaping to the site boundaries.

Architects, Denovo Limited, have designed striking office elevations with expanses of curtain walling, brise soleil and a feature main entrance portico. Warehouse elevations will have a matt white composite cladding system. The warehouse interior will be zoned for storage of different products.

The development is situated on a prominent plot at Estuary Business Park, next  to the busy Speke Boulevard A561 ring road. The site was previously occupied by a part of the original Liverpool Airport facility.

Kays Medical supply organisations with the products to protect their most valuable resource – their people, providing a huge range of products for occupational health, safety and workforce wellbeing.

The 34 week contract will commence on site shortly, with completion scheduled for September 2017.

David Wilkinson, M.D. of Williams Tarr Construction commented:

Following our recent completion of a high bay pharmaceutical warehouse and offices for Seqirus just down the road in Speke, we were really pleased to win this excellent new HQ facility for Kays Medical. We perform well on contracts like this that require extra attention to detail and quality.

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Ashton Moss Costa Coffee Drive Thru’ Delivered

Williams Tarr Construction have completed a new restaurant and associated works at Ashton Moss Leisure Park. The £650,000 design and build contract for Legal & General comprised a Costa Coffee drive-thru’ unit shell, a new link road, various alterations and extensions to car parking and external works areas and modifications to services and drainage.

The site is at the entrance to the leisure park, adjacent to the Metrolink route running along Lord Sheldon Way.

Construction of retail schemes in live environments is a speciality of Williams Tarr. Projects like this always have to be delivered to a high standard, with the utmost health and safety, in the minimum of time, and with minimal disruption to the tenants and general public.

This fast-track job for Legal & General was handed over on schedule and the Williams Tarr team were complimented by the incoming tenants on the overall build quality.

The Employer’s Agent was AVID, the QS was Todd & Ledson, the novated design team were AWAKE Architects and Ward Cole Consulting Engineers.




Denbigh Retail Park Underway

Williams Tarr have commenced a £3.6 million design and build scheme to construct the new Denbigh Retail Park for Liberty Properties.

The development comprises six new retail units in three blocks totalling 32,000 s.f. with a detached 18,600 s.f. (GIA) Aldi store as the focal point.

Situated off Vale Street and Station Road close to the town centre, most of the site was formerly a railway yard. Extensive enablement works are  now progressing to demolish old buildings, divert a culvert and other services. External works will include a new main estate road, and construction of service yards and 180 car spaces.

Williams Tarr Chief Estimator Simon Buckley commented:

Over past few months we’ve worked closely with the client, architects Leach Rhodes Walker and structural engineers Shepherd Gilmour to develop the design in line with budgets and planning requirements. Now we’re delighted that it’s all systems go!

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Magnet Store Kicks Off

Williams Tarr Construction have won a £750,000 design and build contract for a new retail store for HD Properties LLP in Liverpool. The building will be a showroom and store for Magnet, the well known kitchen retailer. Like Williams Tarr, Magnet, were established almost 100 years ago way back in 1918!

Located at a prominent junction on the main Edge Lane highway opposite Liverpool Innovation Park, the site was formerly occupied by a petrol station. The new eye-catching scheme maximises the site area, with building frontages immediately adjacent to public footpaths on the two main elevations.

Appleyard and Trew are the Employer’s Agent, with novated architects Pozzonii, and novated structural engineers DW Consulting.

Williams Tarr Director John Hughes commented:

It’s pleasing to win this job – I’ve known the client for over 30 years and we’ve worked successfully with all the professional team on many previous design and build  projects


Costa St. Helens

Another Costa Coffee Handed Over


Following handover by Williams Tarr in August, a new Costa Coffee restaurant has opened for customers at St. Helens Retail Park, Peasley Cross.

The D&B contract for UBS Global Investors involved site preparation to deal with abnormal ground and remove major concrete obstructions in readiness for the piled foundations. The project included adaptations of the roads and car parking. Sited alongside the main access route into the busy retail park the works required careful traffic management to minimise inconvenience to the trading operations.

The Employer’s Agent was Trident Building Consultancy, the novated designers were Harris Partnership (architects) and Brian Clancy Higby Partnership (structural engineers).

Williams Tarr Construction Managing Director, David Wilkinson said:

We’ve built numerous Costa Coffee units for a variety of blue chip institutional clients and we’re pleased to have continued our excellent relationship with UBS and their team on this latest project

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Phase 2 Progressing at Cooper’s Building

Having successfully completed the first phase of major structural repairs to the iconic six storey Cooper’s Building in Liverpool, Williams Tarr are now well under way on the £3.2 million second phase for Aviva Investors.

Located on Church Street, Liverpool’s main pedestrianised shopping area, the building is occupied on the lower floors by the busy River Island store. The new project will run until June 2017 and involves extensive structural repairs and refurbishment to various elements of structure including the masonry and steel frame on the South and West elevations, and the roof structure.

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“Done deal” with Home Bargains

T J Morris has awarded Williams Tarr a £2.4m design and build contract for the new 25,000 square foot flag ship Home Bargains store at Prescot Business Park.

The development is located on a prominent site at the former Prysmian Cables works at Manchester Road, which has recently been fully remediated and had roads and mains infrastructure installed.

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David and Ed Wilkinson with Professor Patrick Minford at the 98th Williams Tarr Anniversary Dinner

Minford says BREXIT!

At the Williams Tarr 98th Anniversary Dinner at Warrington Golf Club on 28th April 2016, guest speaker Professor Patrick Minford CBE, the eminent Economist debated Federal Europe v Brexit:  the economic choices”.

Our staff and over 30 guests were treated to a very lively debate with Patrick expertly fielding numerous searching questions posed by the audience.

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New Costa Coffee St Helens

Williams Tarr recently commenced a project to build a Costa Coffee unit at St Helens Retail Park on Peasley Cross Lane for U.B.S. Global Asset Management.  The 15 week contract is due to be completed early in July.

The standalone unit involves extensive sub-structure works, requiring removal of major obstructions from former buildings and vibro-piling to support a reinforced concrete raft slab.


Design and Build Director John Hughes said:-

We are pleased to be maintaining our relationship with U.B.S. Global Asset Management and their consultancy team on another retail park project

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Reconfigurations at Greyhound Retail Park

Williams Tarr Construction recently commenced work at Greyhound Retail Park Chester for Standard Life Investments on a refurbishment and reconfiguration project of unit 2a to form two new units.

Retail schemes and associated restaurants for institutional clients in busy live environments are a Williams Tarr speciality.  We generally have at least two of these projects on site at any one time.

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