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Wilson Mason wins green light for 'ground-hugging' superstore

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[First look + project data + plans] Wilson Mason and Partners has won planning permission from Lancaster City Council for this semi-subterranean superstore in Scotforth

The local authority granted permission for the £17 million scheme south of Lancaster for retailer Booths subject to approval by the Secretary of State.

Expected to open in 2013, the 3,200m2 store will feature a main retail floor buried 4.5m into the sloping site.

According to the practice, the ‘ground-hugging’ building has been designed to be ‘low lying and to nestle sympathetically into the natural surroundings… with its curved roof structure subdivided into three planes… enabling the form to ‘cascade’ down the sloping site in an organic manner’.

Project data

Architects: Wilson Mason and Partners
Location: Scotforth, Lancaster
Type Of Project: Retail – New build
Structural Engineers: R G Parkins
Project Architect: James Potter
Design Team:
E H Booth Ltd
Gross internal floor area: 3,230m²
Total cost: £17million         
M&e consultant:
S C Horsfield, Greenway Electrical, Hamilton Clark 
Quantity surveyor:
Telford Hart Associates
Planning supervisor: NJSR
Lighting consultant: Greenway Electrical



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