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RIAS nomination for Waitrose Supermarket

Nominated for Scotland’s most prestigious architecture prize, Waitrose’s 300th store in Helensburgh has been described as ‘quite beyond the average retail supermarket’ and is one of very few supermarket buildings to have been shortlisted in recent years.

Designed by Cooper Cromar, the contemporary and unique 36,500ft² store sits proudly on the banks of the River Clyde across from the new Hermitage Academy forming a gateway to the town of Helensburgh.

The entrance to the bright and spacious store is framed by a striking inverted gullwing timber clad roof, providing a warmth of materials and welcoming, uplifting environment. The judges commented:  “The giant over-sailing roof declares a building which is far from the familiar image of the edge of town supermarket. This is an elegant and welcoming new approach to retailing.”

Designed to BREEAM ‘Excellent’ standards, the stores sustainable design is complemented by large expanses of glass which aim to merge the boundaries between inside and out.

RIAS Secretary Neil Baxter said: “The judges were highly impressed with this innovative & exciting development which is quite beyond the average retail supermarket and an example for others to follow”.

Martin Gorman, development manager for Waitrose said: “As our 300th branch in the UK, we wanted a landmark design for Waitrose Helensburgh and Cooper Cromar certainly delivered that.

 “The design of Waitrose Helensburgh has set the standard for our new developments and is regarded within our business as being one of our best stores.”

Waitrose is one of 26 projects to be shortlisted from a record 83 entries.

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