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Located in the bustling Wincheap Retail Park in Canterbury, the former Argos retail and storage unit was an extensive strip out and dilapidation project. This initiative was aimed at reverting the premises back to its original shell, preparing it for future leasing opportunities or redevelopment. The project encompassed a broad range of tasks, from the removal of internal structures to the dismantling of external installations.

Scope of Work

The comprehensive scope of work for this project included:

  • Partitions Removal: Dismantling and disposal of all internal partition walls to open up the space, ensuring a return to the unit's original layout.

  • Floor Finishes: Stripping of all floor coverings, including tiles, carpets, and any adhesive residues, to expose the base floor for refurbishment or new finishes.

  • Mezzanine and Staircases: Careful deconstruction of a large mezzanine structure and associated staircases, a task that required meticulous planning and execution to ensure structural integrity during the process.

  • Washrooms (WCs): Removal of all fixtures, fittings, and partitions within the washroom areas, including plumbing and electrical disconnections.

  • High-Level Services: Dismantling of high-level installations such as HVAC ducts, electrical conduits, and lighting systems, adhering to safety and environmental regulations for disposal and recycling.

  • External Plant: Extraction and safe disposal of external plant equipment, including air conditioning units, ventilation systems, and any other mechanical installations on the premises.

Challenges and Solutions

  • Busy Retail Environment: Operating within a populated retail park required strategic planning to minimize disruption to neighboring businesses and shoppers. Work schedules were carefully orchestrated to mitigate noise and logistical inconveniences.

  • Structural Integrity: The removal of significant structures like the mezzanine and staircases necessitated rigorous assessments to ensure the building's integrity was maintained throughout the process.

  • Environmental Considerations: A strong emphasis was placed on sustainable practices, particularly in the disposal and recycling of materials. Efforts were made to salvage and recycle materials wherever possible.

Execution and Safety Measures

The project was executed with a strong emphasis on safety and efficiency. A detailed risk assessment and method statement (RAMS) were developed to guide the operations, ensuring all health and safety protocols were rigorously followed. The team utilized specialized equipment and techniques, particularly in the dismantling of large structures and high-level services, to ensure a safe working environment for all involved.

Project Outcome

The strip out and dilapidation work at the former Argos unit in Wincheap Retail Park was completed successfully, adhering to the project timeline and budget. The unit was restored to its base condition, providing a blank canvas for future tenants and opportunities. This project showcased our expertise in managing large-scale strip-out projects within complex retail environments, emphasizing our commitment to safety, sustainability, and client satisfaction.


The transformation of the Argos unit in Canterbury is a testament to our ability to navigate the intricacies of retail strip-out and dilapidation projects. Through meticulous planning, sustainable practices, and a focus on safety, we have prepared this space for its next chapter in the vibrant landscape of Wincheap Retail Park.

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