Key parties in the development of the new 30,000 sq ft Booths Supermarket on Ringtail Retail Park in Burscough gathered for an official ground break for the build.
Lancashire based Contractors & Developers, Barnfield Construction Limited started work on the site, which is a former World War 2 airfield site.
The design and build of the store will resemble an aircraft hangar and the creation of a memorial garden for the Royal Naval Air Station monument which will be moved to a fully accessible, safer and more prominent position.
Graham Booth, Property Director said, “We look forward to commencing phase one of developments to bring a vibrant and modern retail destination to Burscough. We will be working closely with the developers to ensure a food store of the highest quality is delivered.”
“Our ethos in designing stores is to complement the architecture and character of the surrounding landscape, and we’re very excited about giving this supermarket the look and feel of an aircraft hangar, which will suit the needs of a supermarket very well indeed.”
Tim Webber, Managing Director & Chairman of The Barnfield Group commented, “We’re pleased to be able to officially start developing phase one of what promises to be a prestigious retail park. We’re also delighted to be working with the team at Booths on hopefully the first of many projects together.”
Councillor Iain Ashcroft, Mayor of West Lancashire, said: “I was delighted to be able to attend this ceremony which officially marks the start of this important development of a new supermarket in West Lancashire.”
The whole retail development including Booths Supermarket have been designed with the highest green principles in mind and adhere to international BREEAM ‘Excellent’ standards.
The development will employ “rainwater” harvesting and will incorporate best practice guidelines on Sustainable Drainage Guidelines. The site will also include an additional area to the north provided as a wetland area for wildlife.
The detail of this low environmental impact, low energy solution has now been agreed with the West Lancashire Planning Authority and, as a result, Barnfield are very pleased to say that they are now able to make a start on this exciting venture.