Watts & Hughes Construction built Woolworths’ newest sustainable store

New Woolworths' sustainable store in Kaiapoi

As Countdown rebrands as Woolworths, a key target for the group is achieving sustainability for a better tomorrow. Waimakariri shoppers are finding out what that looks like, with Woolworths Waimakariri now open in Kaiapoi in time for the Christmas 2023 season.

Watts and Hughes Construction is thrilled to have built Woolworths’ exciting new 3600-sqm store, designed in line with 5-Star Greenstar goals. The team completed construction on site, just north of the Waimakariri River, at the end of November.

Having previously worked with Countdown on a 4-star Greenstar store in Belfast, Watts & Hughes Construction is delighted to have been a part of this next-level project that demonstrates environmentally green building practices. To achieve 5-Star Greenstar goals, construction materials used – from timber to concrete – had to be checked to ensure they were from a sustainable source.

“With the way the world is right now, it’s quite important to have sustainability planning,” says Craig Brown, General Manager of Watts & Hughes Construction.

“Waste reduction has been another central goal. Throughout the construction phase, Watts & Hughes employed a compliance manager to make sure correct procedures were followed on-site. Wherever possible, waste has been recycled and alternative uses found for items like offcuts.”

“For example, a pony club is using some of our timber offcuts to make obstacles for jumps and we’re also planning to start making some garden furniture and planters from offcuts and donating them to our Ministry of Education school projects. The whole team has made a huge effort on site to make sure waste reduction is managed.”

Newly built Woolworths' sustainable Waimakariri store
Woolworths Waimakariri now open in Kaiapoi in time for the Christmas 2023 season.

Watts & Hughes is very mindful of its community and workplace relationships and kept the local community well-informed and up-to-date throughout this project, while proactively supporting the well-being and wellness of their team, for example by having site visits from Mates in Construction.

The supermarket design aligns with Woolworths’ sustainability aspirations, with selected products sustainably sourced and the building planned to operate sustainably and efficiently. “For example, solar panels have been added so the building will generate its own electricity. The architects – Auckland-based Woodhams Meikle Zhan Architects – have designed a huge amount of work for Woolworths before and know how to specify a building thinking about whole-of-life costs.”

Future-focused, the new supermarket includes a 120-sqm online store facility with a freezer, chiller units and a designated parking area with a canopy for click-and-collect shopping. Parking has been landscaped with native grasses and includes bike racks and e-vehicle charging facilities.

Watts & Hughes Construction is also working with Woolworths to extend and alter their supermarket in Rangiora, with works split into day and night shifts to minimise disruption to trading. A new 165-sqm dedicated online store is being added with a covered click-and-collect area, while internal alterations include a new entrance lobby, perimeter alterations, service relocation, checkout replacement and refrigeration upgrades.

Looking ahead to 2024, Watts & Hughes Construction has a number of large projects on the go including a significant design and build at Rolleston College.

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