19 September 2019

Next – Peel Centre
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Project Details

Customer: Peel Land and Property Investments PLC

Value: £3.5 million

Duration: 29 weeks

Completion Date: October 2018

Contract Type: JCT Design & Build 2011

Procurement Type: Competitive tender - single stage

GIFA: 1,760 m²



  • CCS Performance Beyond Compliance Certificate
  • Average CCS score 35/50
  • Diverted 92.73% of waste from landfill


Project Summary

Customer Brief

Situated in the developing Gloucester Docks destination, one of the fastest expanding shopping destinations in the UK, this three-storey flagship retail unit is a key part of the city’s regeneration.


Midas designed and constructed this Next department store on the live Peel Centre retail park in the city centre of Gloucester. The impressive building features two mezzanine floors and a balcony overlooking the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal, and offers clothing for all ages plus stationary, food and drink from partners Paperchase and Costa Coffee.


The project included enabling works, construction of a structural steel frame with cladding and curtain walling, installation of the roof, windows and doors, and refurbishment and reinstating of the canal footpath and car park.


The new store has generated approximately 100 jobs and is part of the customer’s £14m investment into Gloucester Retail Park. Midas worked closely with the customer and managed the challenges of the site to deliver a successful project that received a customer satisfaction survey score of 94% at completion.



  • Works took place on a live retail environment with a shared public access route.
  • The store is in close proximity to the Gloucester & Sharpness canal, presenting an environmental risk.
  • The team discovered quantities of hydrocarbons during excavation and enabling works.



  • To safely manage works on a busy retail park Midas restricted delivery times, with deliveries booked in prior to arrival, and employed a full time vehicle controller to manage access, enforce site speed restrictions and maintain separate vehicle and pedestrian routes. Midas completed weekly reviews with the Peel Centre manager to keep public areas safe and clear, and the project manager regularly visited the Peel Centre shops and units on the nearby trading estate to address any issues. The team secured all boundaries and site openings with timber hoardings and metal fencing, and used barriers to clearly mark access routes.
  • Early in the programme, Midas liaised with the Canal & River Trust to agree management of the site’s proximity to the Gloucester & Sharpness canal. The team secured the site and reduced the risk of run off by constructing boundary walls at the start of the works and regularly monitoring the canal for signs of discharge during concrete pouring. Midas fitted debris netting to site fencing to prevent potential contaminants being blown into the canal, and established the fuelling station away from drainage gullies. Midas also designed and positioned canal-side site lighting and permanent lighting to preserve and maintain the bat foraging route along the canal.
  • The team tested for asbestos or hydrocarbons before breaking out existing slabs or conducting ground penetrating works. Tests confirmed the presence of small quantities of hydrocarbons in excavated materials. The team placed this spoil on a polythene sheet to allow natural evaporation as part of the remediation process, prior to samples being re-tested under the Waste Acceptance Criteria testing procedure. The team covered the spoil to prevent any contaminants leaching into the surface water drainage system and installed a certified hydrocarbon membrane as part of the groundworks.


Added Value:

Midas crushed materials excavated from the old foundations and floor slab and reused them as certified site fill for the piling mat and crane mat, with the excess used as recycled aggregate by the appointed groundworks contractor.


The site displayed QR codes outside the office, for the workforce to access site drawings on their smartphones.


Members of the Midas Retail team participated in the Gloucester Dragon Boat Regatta in May 2018, making it to the semi-finals and raising £645 for The James Hopkins Trust.

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