Eddisons project manages construction of new Lincolnshire Co-op store

Midlands and Cambridgeshire property agent Budworth Hardcastle, which was incorporated into the Eddisons brand after it was acquired last month by the fast-growing national property group, has project managed the construction of the new 5,000 sq ft Central England Co-op store in Donington, Lincolnshire.

Creating 26 new jobs, the scheme was completed on time and on budget with an official opening earlier this month. Eddisons acted on behalf of developer, Market Harborough-based Minster Property and the firm’s director Nick Galloway liaised with Central England Cooperative’s fit-out delivery team throughout. Peterborough-based Burmor Construction was appointed as the principal contractor for the developer works.

The community food store in the newly-named Goodacre Buildings in Donington, near Spalding, was designed in line with the Co-op’s rigorous sustainability goals, and features a customer car park with permeable paving, water refilling station, air source heating and cooling, eco-friendly fridges, and a free bicycle repair station. The property was also awarded an A-grade energy performance certificate (EPC) rating.

Mr Galloway said: “It was fantastic to be involved in this new-build construction, particularly as maximising sustainability is central to Eddisons’ values. We worked as a team throughout to ensure a smooth transition over to the Co-op and it was nice to have the opportunity to keep the original landowners engaged in progress, keeping the family’s “Goodacre” name for the unit’s address.

“This new store will be a real asset to the local Donington community, creating new jobs as well as providing the vital resource of a grocery store that will serve a wide area.”

The Donington Co-op project is the first to be completed since Eddisons acquired Budworth Hardcastle, which has offices in Northampton, Kettering and Peterborough, in a £1.8m deal earlier this month, integrating the 18-stong team with Eddisons’ network of 25 UK offices.