The new 4,000m² Countdown supermarket in Hornby was constructed to a tight programme of only 28 weeks. Not only did the weather conspire against us, with structural works taking place during one of the wettest winters on record in Christchurch, but the September 2010 earthquake struck close to our handover date. To the great credit of the project team, only superficial repairs were required, and the build was completed to a very high standard.

The building was constructed utilising steel portal framework and pre-cast concrete wall panels, and the roof was clad in Kingspan. As well as the retail area, the store included a ‘back of house’ area for food preparation, loading dock, two plant-rooms and an office/amenity area on a 460m² mezzanine.

The project included an 800m³ underground ‘fire fighting’ water storage tank, constructed in pre-cast concrete panels with an in-situ concrete topping slab. The client was particularly pleased with Naylor Love’s contribution on construction methodology for the water tank, as well as the team’s professionalism.

Client: Progressive Enterprises Ltd.
Completed: November 2010


Christchurch, Retail