Sector: Retail Completion date: October 2020

Robertson has a strong relationship with Northumberland Estates having helped them successfully deliver several developments in the North East over the past decade. Our work on Tyneview Retail Park started in preconstruction, providing cost modelling options to finalise the project proposal for planning.  

Mid-way through the project, the first national lockdown was announced. By implementing stringent Covid-19 Safe Operating Procedures, the site was closed for one week only. The project was delivered on time and on budget, with one of the units – B&M – handed over early at our customer’s request. 

Tyneview Retail Park Plan

Key facts

It is great to see our joint scheme with Northumberland Estates now complete and ready for the fit out, it will make a huge difference to the town of Prudhoe. Developments like this will be vital in propelling our economy out of the COVID-19 crisis.

– Cllr Richard Wearmouth, Chair of Advance Northumberland and cabinet member for economic development at Northumberland County Council

Managing logistical challenges

The mass of materials generated during excavation works provided a significant logistical challenge – as a contaminated brownfield site, it had to be retained on site as fill. While it took us almost the entire project to achieve, through meticulous engineering calculations and planning every square metre was reused.

Old mineworkings presented a further complication – grouting to fill voids overran by five months due to additional works, causing logistical and sequencing problems. The focal point was right in the middle of one of the larger stores on the scheme, and one of the first scheduled to be handed over. To mitigate programme losses, we erected steel for one half of the building and continued to grout the other.  Exemplary project management ensured clear segregation and continuation of best in class Health & Safety practices. 

Tyneview Retail Park Rainbow

Community focus 

While community engagement opportunities were cut short by lockdown, the project team did some great work with local schools before and during Covid-19 restrictions to highlight careers in the industry, including workshops and building a viewing platform at the site so school visits could take place at a safe distance.

The young people really enjoyed participating in your workshop: they loved seeing the technical drawings and how this was translating on to the work on the ground. They were taken aback by the massive range of occupations in the industry and you’ve certainly raised hope that there might be suitable roles for them in their futures.

- Alex Blackburn, Head of Nunnykirk School 


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