IKEA acquired an area of land less than half a mile away from the site of the IKEA Edinburgh store. Their plan was to develop the land and construct an EMPU (external merchandise pickup unit) to achieve additional storage and a place where customers can collect their purchased goods. Hovington were appointed on this project by the Principal contractor to undertake the bulk earthworks, groundworks and adoptable highway works.


Though the site itself was around 6000sq/m, the footprint of the proposed building took up 80% of this area making it a real logistical challenge. This project commenced construction in October and completed in February, which meant the weather had the potential to be huge detrimental factor throughout the duration also.


With strategic planning and programming we managed to optimise our workforce and prioritise the insitu concrete elements of the project before the weather became too adverse. We developed contingency plans to account for the detrimental weather and liaised with the Principal Contractor to ensure the project remained on programme.


Our site management team liaised closely with the construction manager of the Principal contractor to ensure the project remained on programme. The programme was continuously assessed and revised to accommodate the detrimental weather forecasts. Remaining positive through days where we had 90mph winds, 10” of snow & temperatures of -5*C was hard to do but with careful planning and a great team ethos we were able to complete the project on time and under budget.

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