Harris wins contracts for new Aldi stores

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The booming discount food sector is driving growth at architects The Harris Partnership after it was appointed to work on a series of new Aldi stores across the UK.

The new contracts, which follow previous Aldi commissions for the Wakefield-based firm, include a 15,000 sq ft new store in Guiseley on Bradford Road, which forms part of a larger redevelopment scheme around the former 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 later this month.

Other Yorkshire Aldi stores which have just started construction are located at Barugh Green, Barnsley and Littlefield Road, Dinnington, while those about to go on site include stores on Handsworth Road, Sheffield; Sheffield Road, Kilamarsh; and Sheffield Road, Dronsfield.

Leeds stores which have just received planning permission will be developed on Stanningley Road and at Middleton Park Circus, 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 Aldis will be concentrated around the North West and at Oldham, Middleton, Urmiston and Barrow-in-Furness, where planning has recently been granted.

Nick Charlesworth, group director of The Harris Partnership, said: “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.”