18 March 2016
Midas Retail builds Cornish first for Waitrose
Midas Retail is creating a unique supermarket for Waitrose in the South West in conjunction with the Duchy of Cornwall.
The 21,000 sq ft store is part of a partnership project between Waitrose, the Duchy of Cornwall and Cornwall Council on Duchy-owned land on the edge of Truro.
Called Tregurra Park, it includes a new park and ride, 98 new homes, household waste recycling centre and the supermarket. In a first for Waitrose, the store will feature a neighbouring food hall dedicated to selling only Cornish food and drink, which will be operated by a third party.
The Duchy of Cornwall appointed architect, Ben Pentreath, as masterplanner for the development and he has worked closely with Midas Retail to translate the original plans into a scheme that reflects the sustainability aspirations of the site, including using locally sourced materials where possible.
The £6 million supermarket features Cornish stone from Callywith Quarry near Bodmin and granite from De Lank Quarry on Bodmin Moor, as part of an eye-catching exterior with a feature portico supported by hand-crafted granite columns.
Other materials have come from Cornish Concrete Products, with over 80% of the company’s finished product derived from secondary sources.
Mark Taylor, Director of Midas Retail, which is part of Midas Group, said: “The design of the new store is unlike the typical units that we have built for Waitrose before and we have worked closely with the Duchy of Cornwall as landowner on the final designs. This has seen us use local trades and source a range of quality Cornish materials that will play a key role in the look and performance of the final building.”
Tim Gray, Estate Surveyor to the Duchy of Cornwall, said: “Sustainability is pivotal to this development. It spans not just the materials used to build it but also the local produce that will be stocked in the Cornish food hall and the ability for local people to make linked trips to the mix of uses on site. Midas have embraced what we want to achieve and we are very pleased with the progress to date.”
Tregurra Park was designed with input from the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community. The new park and ride opened in August 2015 and aims to cut traffic into Truro from the east by 15% while complementing the park and ride to the west of the city.
Work on the 98 new homes, including 34 affordable units, has just got underway and will take three years to complete. The entire development includes a comprehensive planting scheme.
The new Waitrose store is scheduled to open this summer.
A new CGI of how the store will look
Granite destined for the new Waitrose is worked on at De Lank Quarry