Tesco Express

“Yorkon has provided a very good product for our staff and customers and we are happy with progress to date.”


The Requirement

Tesco, the UK’s biggest supermarket retailer, had a requirement to further improve efficiency and develop the optimum building solution for its Tesco Express convenience stores.

The Solution

The new design for Tesco ExpressYorkon, the sole modular supplier to Tesco, worked with Tesco’s construction team on a 12-month development programme, which has resulted in a new store design for Tesco Express.

This major re-engineering initiative examined every aspect of the Express store design, from specification to structure and fitting out. The new design now uses a standard Yorkon module, rather than a bespoke structure, allowing Tesco to benefit from the standardisation of module components and greater economies of scale for both standalone Express stores and those on petrol forecourts.

Tesco ExpressThe 3.3m wide steel-framed building module is now supplied in 12m or 14m lengths according to individual site requirements. The 14m long modules require simplified foundations, reduce the number of units required for a 2,000sqft store to just six, and provide more retail space in the same floor area. There are also options for stores with retail areas of 2,500 or 3,000sqft.

The glazing system for each store is now fully fitted off site in York, reducing time on site and improving quality. Other design changes have included the back-of-house areas, which have been re-designed, the use of white pre-finished wall panels to minimise internal painting, and a new angled fascia detail.

Tesco ExpressThe Express store modules are manufactured and fitted out in a factory environment and are delivered to site by road where they are craned into position complete with freezers/chillers, checkouts, toilets, flooring, internal walls and glazing.

The Yorkon approach reduces the programme time for a typical store to just two weeks from erection of the building to handover, whilst improving quality, cost control and safety on site. Off-site construction also helps to address the issue of skills shortages which is severely affecting the building industry.

Comments from the Team

David Johnson, Director and General Manager, Yorkon:

“We are committed to working with Tesco on the development of the store design, to achieve best value, significant efficiency improvements and to maximise the benefits of building off-site – from reduced programme times to guaranteed quality. The re-engineering initiative is the result of a true working partnership and shows just what can be achieved with a fresh and intelligent approach to design and construction.”

Simon Walker, Tesco Express Director:

“Yorkon has provided a very good product for our staff and customers and we are happy with progress to date.”

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