Art and craft heritage in supermarket

Last updated 09:39 24/11/2012
New World Silverstream

New World's new Silverstream store is scheduled to open in June.

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Work has started on the $5 million rebuild of Silverstream's New World supermarket.

Armstrong Downes was awarded the contract to build the larger new store, scheduled to open in June. Owner-operator Antony Russell said it would be triple the size of the old store.

"The construction will increase the retail floor space from 670 square metres to 2282sqm and will provide an improved offer, superior service, competitive prices and a range our customers should expect from a New World store."

Foodstuffs property and retail development manager Marty Price said detailed planning went into the redevelopment to keep operating while the new store was built.

To make way for the development Foodstuffs bought the old Silverstream Kindergarten and built a new kindergarten in Kiln St.

"This facility meets the needs of the kindergarten and provides the local community with a fantastic, brand new early childhood learning centre with ample onsite parking for parents and caregivers."

Tse Architects had produced a modern, efficient and visually appealing supermarket design which overcame several challenges including the eight-metre maximum building height and half-metre flood level.

"As a result the new store design has a lower profile than New Worlds on other sites and this sense of compression will be accentuated with the sleek linearity of the rooflines, canopies and horizontal cladding panels."

The architects took cues from Silverstream's arts and crafts heritage, using rustic textured schist feature panels and stained cedar louvres. "We wanted to have a building design that had greater presence and character," said Price.

The store would use a refrigeration system that recycled waste heat for water heating.

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