WISBECH: ASDA ditches two approved extensions to bid for a much bigger store

ASDA has ditched two proposed extensions agreed by planners for their Wisbech store to submit a proposal for an even larger addition. Consultants Work Architecture, on behalf of ASDA, says the supermarket giant took a fresh look and questioned the feasibi

ASDA has ditched two proposed extensions agreed by planners for their Wisbech store to submit a proposal for an even larger addition.

Consultants Work Architecture, on behalf of ASDA, says the supermarket giant took a fresh look and questioned the feasibility of another larger extension.

They had already won approval in 2007 for a single storey side and rear extension and in 2008 was told they could erect a canopy.

Now Work Architecture has applied for the bigger extension which will enlarge "the mezzanine level internally as well as extra workspace and storage areas".


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The extension is proposed for the north west part of the site and will be shielded from public view by existing trees between the boundary and a cemetery.

"At present the store is not functioning to its full potential and the client wishes to address this," said a spokesman for Work Architecture.

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Currently delivery trucks back up to the gates in the service yards and goods are unloaded via a mobile lift platform.

"These are then manually or mechanically moved into the enclosed marshalling area and beyond" said the spokesman. "This process is very labour intensive and the brief from the client is the ease this process of deliveries whilst considering a more logical space planning layout internally."

Ground floor space will be extended by 463 square metres and the mezzanine level will increase by another 420 square metres.

The new extension will be 37 metres long and 13 metres wide, extending to 17 metres wide in the service yard.

The spokesman said the new scheme fulfils ASDA's "functional goals more efficiently" and will lead to a safer and more stream lined working environment for staff.

"Delivery unloading times will be reduced leading to less traffic disruption" said the spokesman.

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