40 jobs on the way as contractor appointed to Loughborough Lidl scheme

Artist’s impression of the new Lidl store in Loughborough.

Rugby-based contractor Stepnell has secured its fifth contract with Lidl UK for a multi-million pound scheme to build the global grocery chain’s first store in Loughborough.

Stepnell was chosen for the Loughborough scheme following the company’s successful delivery of new stores for Lidl in King’s Heath, Birmingham, and in Oakham, Rutland.

The contractor is also currently building new supermarkets for Lidl in Bedford and Droitwich.

Stepnell began work earlier this summer on the delivery of the purpose-built Loughborough store which is expected to create around 40 jobs locally.

The store will be built on land to the north of Station Avenue, a brownfield site previously occupied by the former Charnwood Forest Railway building.

Designed by John Roberts Architects, the new supermarket includes a mezzanine plant deck and will provide 2,460 sq m of space overall, including the 1,424 sq m sales and 589 sq m warehouse areas.

The Stepnell team will also create 132 car parking spaces as well as improvements to the Station Street access which will serve the new store. The development is due to be completed in early 2019.

“Our successful relationship with Lidl UK, through its construction framework has seen Stepnell complete a series of demanding fast-track construction programmes for the company, creating attractive, contemporary supermarkets and further underlining Stepnell’s impressive retail construction track record,” said Stepnell regional director Thomas Sewell.

“We are delighted to be continuing our association with such a high-profile client.”

Stepnell has also delivered construction projects for a number of other well-known high street names including Costa Coffee and the Co-op.