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Tight planning provides key to Stroud Centre

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Just in time delivery was a crucial factor in the erection of steelwork for a retail development in Stroud.

Conder Structures had a tough 12-week deadline to erect 800 tonnes of steel on a tight site for the £8.7M Merrywalks Centre. The centre will provide 10,000m² of retail and leisure facilities near the Gloucestershire town’s historic commercial centre.

Conder Managing Director Gordon Ridley said: “We’ve done a number of town centre jobs and one of the difficulties is that it’s always a confined site. You can’t deliver the steelwork and leave it till it’s needed. It required careful planning with delivery to site on a just in time basis.”

Mr Ridley says that the ability to handle complex logistics “is a skill you have to develop”. He added: “Not only did we have to fit in with Costain, the main contractor but right down the supply chain our suppliers had to work on the same basis. It was vital to the success of the project.”

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