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14 February 2012

Yorkon Completes 50th Modular Petrol Filling Station Kiosk for Tesco


Off-site construction specialist, Yorkon, has completed another milestone for Tesco - its 50th modular petrol filling station (PFS) building for the global retailer.

Since Yorkon completed its first petrol filling station kiosk for Tesco near Gretna Green in Scotland, the modular design has been engineered to accommodate larger chillers, a toilet with disabled access, and continuous glazing to maximise views from the till positions across the forecourt.

Yorkon's 50th petrol filling station kiosk for Tesco was located at Leigh in the North West and was completed as part of a major new store development.  The project was also the first application of Tesco's latest kiosk design and successfully achieved an EPC energy efficiency rating of 'A'.

New developments to the store design include reduced column sizes to improve visibility of the petrol pumps, disabled access, different configurations of shelving and partitions, and energy efficient lighting and refrigeration.

The modular building at Leigh was craned into position in just one day.  All plumbing, electrics, partitions, sanitary ware, counter, tobacco gantry, flooring and kitchen were pre-installed off site at the Yorkon production centre in York, reducing time on site to just four days.

Other recent petrol filling station projects undertaken by Yorkon for Tesco include Northcott in Northern Ireland, Ystradgynlais in South Wales and in Devon, Humberside, Cheshire, the Midlands, Cleveland and Falkirk in Scotland.

Commenting on the project at Leigh, Richard Jackson, Tesco PFS Operations Manager for the UK and Ireland, said, "The Leigh PFS is a good example of just what can be achieved with off-site construction. It looks fantastic and the team there are really proud of their new facility.  It is a first class petrol filling station - bright modern and functional, helping to reaffirm our position as a world class fuel retailer."

Simon Ambler, Director of Yorkon added, "We are delighted to have completed our 50th PFS project for Tesco.  This partnership is the result of a long-term commitment and a process of continuous development on the part of both organisations, ensuring Tesco and its customers receive the very highest standards of quality, service and value every time."

"Petrol filling stations are highly constrained sites that require specialist ground works for the forecourt.  By using an off-site solution for the building, work on site is reduced and there is much less disruption."

Tesco is the largest independent fuel retailer in the UK, serving over 4.5 million motorists every week.  Leigh PFS is the 459th Tesco petrol filling station.  Tesco PFS kiosks offer a range of convenience products at supermarket prices to help cut the cost of recharging fuel levels on a journey.

Yorkon is the UK's market leader in off-site construction solutions for the retail sector, and has worked with Tesco for over a decade.  It has delivered more than 220 modular building projects for the food retailer - from convenience and petrol filling station stores to award-winning 10,000sqft interim supermarkets and a 28,000sqft eco-store.

Yorkon is part of the Portakabin Group.


Editor's Notes

The advantages of off-site construction for retail projects include:

  • Programme times reduced by up to 50 per cent, allowing earlier completion and a faster return on investment
  • Reduced disruption to trading and customers' shopping experience
  • Up to 90 per cent fewer vehicle movements to site
  • Safer, quieter and cleaner construction
  • Improved quality and reduced future maintenance
  • A high level of design flexibility, both internally and externally
  • Traditionally-constructed supermarkets can be expanded without decanting
  • Improved thermal efficiency for lower running costs and reduced carbon emissions
  • Greater cost control
  • Material wastage reduced by up to 90 per cent
  • Delivery on time and on budget - Yorkon completed 99 per cent of projects on time and on budget in the past two years.