The Practice’s long running relationship with Aldi Food Stores continues with a string of commissions across the UK. / June, 2012

A major Yorkshire commission for the practice is the establishment of a 15,000 sq. ft new store in Guiseley on Bradford Road, which forms part of a larger scheme entailing the re-development of the land around the landmark Harry Ramsden’s restaurant. Four new houses will be developed to the rear with further development proposed to the front of the site. The Harris Partnership has worked alongside Stirling Investments to develop the entire scheme, with construction due to begin on the Aldi store immanently.

Other Yorkshire stores which have just opened are located at Barugh Green, Barnsley and Littlefield Road, Dinnington, while a store on Handsworth Road, Sheffield has already commenced construction. Other stores which have received planning permission, with some at tender stage, include those at Dronfield, Ecclesfield and Chesterfield, while closer to Leeds, stores will be located on Stanningley Road and in Middleton.

Several stores located further South which have also just had planning permission granted will be located at The Common, Ecclesfield and Sheffield Road, Chesterfield.

Other new Aldi’s will be concentrated around the North West at Heaton Chapel and Fallowfield, where construction has commenced and at Oldham, Middleton, Urmston and Barrow-in-Furness, where planning has recently been granted. West Kirby is currently on site and planning permissions have been gained for both Knutsford & Crewe.

Nick Charlesworth, Group Director comments: “We’ve played an instrumental role in developing the company’s signature design here in the UK. contemporary design that conveys a very distinctive style, and which is immediately recognisable by consumers. We are developing new stores on considerably varied sites, so there is a good deal of effort put into maintaining the strong design identity while complementing the surrounding environment, and meeting key planning criteria. A key consideration for Aldi is our proven ability to work with practical limitations while keeping firmly to a schedule so that they can trade reasonably quickly following planning consent.”