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Three New Lidl Stores

November 2018                                                                                                                                                               

In collaboration with the Main Contractors and our Client, Lidl UK GmbH; SMR Architects is pleased to announce the successful opening of three new ‘Format’ Lidl Food Stores, in the Yorkshire Region.

After a couple of years in Planning and several bespoke design changes throughout the process, the Lidl Store in Knaresborough started on site Christmas 2017; and with Castlehouse as the Main Contractor, opened in July 2018. This Store opening marked the first Type 1300 Store to open in the Yorkshire region and attracted several high profile Lidl Personnel; who expressed their appreciation for the quality displayed in the completed Store.

In a theme of ‘firsts’; once again, SMR teamed up with Main Contractor Gelder Group, to deliver the first Type 1100 Store in Yorkshire. The new Store in Shirebrook, opened in October 2018 and offers another customised aesthetic; incorporating several brickwork elements, to reflect the local context, in contemporary manner.

To complete the Trio of openings; the Type 1300 Store in Barton-upon-Humber, with Main Contractor Hobson Porter at the helm, opened in December 2018. Unlike the other two Stores, the Barton Store depicts Lidl’s undiluted corporate ‘standards’, with a full-height glazed elevation into the Sales Floor combined, with grey & white rendered walls.

In all instances; alongside our Architectural Design services; SMR has been engaged to provide the Principal Designer role.

Gary Rafferty of Lidl Yorkshire said;

“As part of our Consultant Team, SMR has provided a solid, professional service to Lidl Yorkshire and they clearly have a good rapport with our Main Contractors, resulting in the successful delivery of these three new Stores across the region.”

Mathew Smalley, SMR Director said;

“In conjunction with our Contractor Clients, we’re proud of our contribution towards the delivery of these three new Lidl Stores.  It’s obviously exciting to pick up new schemes; but it’s even more satisfying to see projects come to fruition and progress as trading entities. ”

Completion Safestore, Wellington Street North, Stockport

December 2018



Following on from the successful Planning and Listed Building Consent, which were approved in May 2017, SMR teamed up with Allied Roofing and Underwood Carpenter to deliver the wholesale replacement roofing strategy for an existing Grade II Listed building, in Stockport. The existing building, a former LNWR Warehouse located on Wellington Road North (A6) was constructed in 1877 and is now operated by Safestore Self Storage. Read more

Wallace House – Innovation Kitchen – Waitrose.

December 2018                                                           

As part of SMR’s ongoing relationship with the Waitrose Partnership we were approached by our client to provide a £1.5m Innovation space for Waitrose chefs to create, test and present new products to be offered within retail stores.

SMR’s close liaison with the end users during the initial stages of the scheme allowed the final project to fulfil the clients brief within the constraints of the existing office space.

The scheme was based within 450 square meters of existing office space within Wallace House, a building which forms part of Bracknell campus and the Headquarters for Waitrose.

The ‘Innovation Kitchen’ brief was to provide a space to test and develop new products prior to being rolled out across Waitrose retail stores. The scheme covered a wide array of operations such as kitchens for the development of new products, confidential kitchen spaces for the internal preparation and private assessment of supplier products, the presentation kitchen suite for media presentations and training events along with support office and innovation space for all aspects of their food development operation.

The completed scheme was very well received by Waitrose and is now fully operational.