First BIM-built Sainsbury’s supermarket in the works

Credit: Sainsbury's
Credit: Sainsbury’s

The first ever Building Information Modelling supermarket project for nationwide chain Sainsbury’s is in development.

The construction of a supermarket and petrol station combination is currently taking place in Thanet, Kent, reports Construction News.

The project is said to be worth £19 million and contractor ISG will be carrying out the building work and BIM implementation.

ISG have completed more than forty Sainsbury’s stores in over six years, with this most recent project trialling BIM at the request of the convenience store conglomerate, as they are considering “the roll out of the technology across future projects”.

ISG’s Divisional Managing Director of Retail and Hospitality Business, Andy Demetriou said: “With our extensive knowledge of BIM implementation and delivery across the business, we are delighted to be working with Sainsbury’s to create a blueprint for this leading-edge process across the supermarket’s future schemes.”

The steel frame of the new shopping facility will be built on stilts, so it is apparent by the complexity of the works as to why BIM is going to be used. The current Sainsbury’s on the site will be open whilst the new store is built near to it and once construction is complete, the older store will be demolished and the area will be landscaped. You never know, perhaps BIM will be used for that too!

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