Waitrose Helensburgh has opened its doors to customers in Helensburgh, becoming the 300th Waitrose in the UK and the sixth store in Scotland.
Designed by Cooper Cromar, the new store comprises a 36,500ft² supermarket and fuel station with a combined total of 180 car parking spaces. The development is located opposite the new Hermitage Academy and together these form a prominent gateway to the town’s eastern approach along Cardross Road.
The active frontage to Cardross Road comprises the main entrance and visitor cafe all gathered into a linear pavilion and framed with an inverted ‘gullwing’ timber clad roof providing a warmth of materials and welcoming, uplifting environment. The composition recognises contemporary northern European design principles, its maritime setting and the use of sustainable local materials.
Designed to BREEAM ‘Excellent’ standards, the store’s sustainable design maximises the use of natural daylight, energy efficient heating and cooling systems, LED lighting, utility submetering and many other carbon reduction initiatives.
The site layout afforded generous opportunity to maximise soft landscaping, particularly to the western boundary where a dense belt of trees and accessible pathways are situated. The existing trees have been reinforced with additional semi-mature willow trees, along with other species complimentary to Helensburgh’s costal climate, which have created a more bio diverse and structurally varied habitat.
Councilor Vivien Dance, who officially opened the new store, said: “Helensburgh and Lomond residents are delighted that from today Helensburgh will be known as a Waitrose town, joining other communities across Scotland that will derive significant economic benefit from having a company such as Waitrose in their area.
“We welcome the 200 new jobs, the unique community involvement that Waitrose offers and the fact that this puts Helensburgh firmly on the map as an attractive shopping destination.”
Waitrose is growing steadily in Scotland. Helensburgh is its sixth branch; Waitrose Milngavie is expected to be built during 2014 and plans were recently announced for an eighth branch in Ayr.