Construction is underway on a £2.6 million commercial development that will transform the former Dairy Crest Depot on Sompting Road, Worthing, into DIY units with warehousing facilities.
Regional construction specialist Stepnell, which has a new office in Southampton, is building the new commercial multi-site for builders’ merchants Travis Perkins. The construction will create two buildings – one housing Travis Perkins and Benchmarx Kitchens and Joinery, and the other City Plumbing Supplies.
Designed by HSSP Architects, the ground floor of each building will feature sales areas with trade counters and tool hire storage, and a disabled toilet for the public. Staff will also have access to first floor mezzanines which will house shop storage and staff facilities including a canteen and meeting rooms.
Trevor Middleton, Stepnell’s contract manager, says: “We are delighted to have started work on this scheme which will bring new life to this unused site. Our team has now completed the depot demolition and is looking forward to reaching our first big construction milestone which will be the completion of the structural steel frame.”
The scheme features permanent noise-reducing acoustic fencing to the resident-side boundary as part of its aim to reach a 4.5-star Considerate Constructors Scheme score.
Martin Meech, group property director at Travis Perkins plc, says: “We are delighted to be partnering with Stepnell to develop these brand new Travis Perkins and Benchmarx sites on Sompting Road. These new stores will allow us to deliver vital materials to the trade and people in the local area.”