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Floods don't stop EIC's M&E work

Workington residents living on the north side of the town, faced a three hour, 40 mile detour to a supermarket when floods collapsed bridges across the River Derwent but EIC soon came to the rescue.
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You can watch the video of the rapid building installation here

Tesco built a temporary store on the north side of the river to service those left without access to a store in the weeks before Christmas. Off-site specialist Yorkon built a 13,300 sq ft store in flood-hit Workington in Cumbria in 13 days. Yorkon and Johnson Construction, completed the external shell in 24 hours to enable the mechanical and electrical first fix. The first task for EIC was to provide a temporary generator for the groundworks and subsequent construction of the building, and power to the contractors' site cabins.

Compressing a five-week mechanical and electrical installation project into just seven days required an EIC crew of 34 electricians and 14 engineers working onsite around the clock. The EIC team were finished within seven days ready for the first customers to arrive.

The electrical crew installed the containment, fire alarm, lighting installation, small power, mains distribution and externals such as car park lighting and the gantry sign, while the mechanical experts installed the air handling unit, LPHW pipe work/boiler plant, split AC systems to the sales floor and back of house areas, sanitary ware, above ground drainage and external services.

The store opened to the public on December 14. The temporary structure has been installed for 12 months. When the bridges in Workington are re-opened, the building will be removed.

Nigel Le Marechal, EIC joint managing director said: 'When the call came in we didn't hesitate to accept the challenge and immediately mobilised the Fast Track Team to ensure we could deliver a quality project within this incredibly slim time frame. This was a once in a lifetime project for the team who worked alongside the other trades through the night to make sure the job was done. By close of play on the Tuesday evening, less than 72 hours after we arrived on site, the sales floor was illuminated, this was quite a feat of achievement. Everyone involved really pulled out all the stops, working incredibly hard, and we are extremely proud of the part we played in this project.'

'This is the first time we have ever built a store in such a short time. EIC and Yorkon have been part of an outstanding construction team. This project is a really exceptional achievement in such a short space of time', said Daniel Frith, Tesco development manager.
18 February 2010


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