• Superdrug distribution centre
  • Inside Superdrug distribution centre
  • Forklift operating in Superdrug distribution centre

A.S. Watson / Superdrug

PWP Building Services were contracted by A.S Watson/ Superdrug on their new 500,000 sq ft (45,000m2) southern distribution centre in Dunstable, Bedfordshire, working alongside fit-out Project Managers sbh.uk.

The first task was to upgrade and extend electrical services. From the two megawatt feed and main switch already supplied, PWP extended the main panel, added a number of outgoing ways, automatic changeover equipment and a one-megawatt standby generator.

The enhanced main panel was used to feed power to 7,000m of lighting busbar, 2,600 high frequency fluorescent lights, complete with automatic aisle lighting with microwave motion detection sensors and 328 Metal Halide highbay lights. In keeping with their commitment to the environment, the Metal Halide lights were fitted with automatic detectors so they operate only when there is insufficient natural daylight, and gas fired warm air warehouse heating was installed with full trend BEMS controls and monitoring; both energy-saving features.

Other equipment and systems installed included 200 PA speakers, supplies for battery charging, sprinkler pump house supply and various installations specified by the client including vehicle wash, fuel island pumps salvage area services and comfort cooling to the existing offices.

"Having all the services in place on schedule was vital to keep within the timetable and we knew we could rely on PWP Building Services from having worked together on a number of previous successful projects."

Steve Lamb, sbh.uk

About A.S Watson / Superdrug

As one of the UK’s leading health & beauty retailers, Superdrug is well established as a fashion-led retailer with a focus on value and great deals. Besides housing a perfumery in every store, Superdrug also operates over 200 prescriptive pharmacies that offer innovative services like skin cancer screening, food intolerance testing and even travel clinics.

They have also undertaken a government’s skills pledge to ensure all young Superdrug staff members receive the necessary vocational and education skills through an apprenticeship scheme. Founded in 1966, Superdrug now operates over 870 stores in the UK and Republic of Ireland.