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The Co-operative Food Store,
Freshwater

PWA were appointed to design the Southern Co-operative’s new flagship foodstore in 2011. The 22,500 sq ft store design is bespoke, rather than being a standard ‘one shape fits all’ supermarket, and its sustainability credentials have contributed towards a BREEAM Very Good rating.

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Southern Co-operative’s aspiration for Freshwater was to deliver a store with significantly increased floor space and car parking to adequately serve the needs of Freshwater and the wider West Wight area, reducing both outflow of expenditure and unnecessary travel. The store’s focus is on fresh and local products from Island producers.

The clearly defined boundaries and spaces of the site layout makes for a pleasant and enhanced amenity for the benefit of the local residents of the Freshwater area. The eco-store design incorporates features including energy-efficient building fabric and plant and lighting, permeable paving, responsibly sourced building materials, water-saving appliances and pollinating native planting throughout the site. All of the electricity supplied to the store is from renewable sources.

PWA worked closely with the client’s estates and retail operations team, the main contractor and fit-out contractor, to ensure that the scheme was successfully delivered throughout all of the design and construction phases. The £2.5M traditionally procured project was opened to shoppers in September 2015.

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Location: Freshwater
Client: Southern Co-operative
Typology: Retail