Toureen Retail carry out PFS redevelopment on Grade II listed site
When Costco planned to redevelop the architecturally important, Grade II listed building of the former John Lewis warehouse site in Stevenage, they chose Toureen Retail as a key partner.
The warehouse was designed for John Lewis in 1963 by Mexican architect Félix Candela Outeriño, known particularly for the sense of geometry he applied to the design of thin-walled hyperbolic concrete shells. Toureen Retail had to remain sensitive to the historic design and significance of its surroundings whilst also providing modern practicality to allow a fully self-service operating forecourt and petrol filling station. The building has a prominent and car accessible location which is perfect for Costco Stevenage’s ten thousand newly joined club members.
The petrol filling station was built directly adjacent to the warehouse over a total area of 2500m2 and included the following;
- Concreting/tarmacking of the forecourt surface
- The erection of the 470m2 forecourt canopy
- Installation of 4 new [100,000L] underground fuel storage tanks
- New pressure fuel system and the construction of 8 new pump islands
The project also included the installation of a tank vault system, which provides below ground fortified protection where fuel is safely contained and water is sealed out. The unique, seamless sectional vault construction offers uncompromising environmental protection to soil and groundwater.
The new self-service station (the 15th for Costco in the UK) offers Kirkland Signature Regular Unleaded, Premium Unleaded and Premium Diesel. These facilities provide further exclusive benefits to Costco members by offering high quality fuel at great prices.
Conversion of this warehouse and petrol forecourt has made it Costco’s most historically and architecturally important building in Britain. Both the client and main contractor were very complimentary about the quality of the build delivered by the Toureen Retail team.