A ship hired by Barr Construction set sail today to transport 1500 tonnes of materials from Grangemouth to the site of the new environmentally friendly Tesco store in Wick. The alternative was to use 75 trucks.
The contractor is working on the design and build of Tesco's first eco-store which will be launched later this year. The 50,000 square foot store will have a timber structure rather than steel and will incorporate a range of green technologies such as solar and wind power.As part of the contract Barr Construction was tasked with exploring more eco-friendly ways of transporting building materials. Rather than use 75 trucks to shift the floor tiles, roofing and timber it opted to use one ship.Barclay Chalmers, Managing Director of Barr Construction, said: 'This is the first time that we've used a ship to transport goods between two Scottish mainland sites and apart from being a slightly unorthodox way of doing so there are a number of obvious benefits associated with it. Not only will it help to cut down on the number of man hours, it will reduce emissions and ease congestion on the roads.'When we first started work on the new eco store, Tesco asked that we look at how we would transport any materials to and from Wick. The supermarket chain was keen that everything associated with the building of its first eco store had a 'green' aspect to it.'Wick is quite a distance from our site in Grangemouth and it would have taken 75 lorry drivers two days to make the return trip. There will be a core crew of 6 on the ship which will significantly reduce the number of man hours.'The UK's biggest supermarket chain recently unveiled its Tesco in the Community strategy which includes cutting stores' energy usage and reducing deliveries to the chain's Express convenience stores, to help cut congestion.