(L to R): Steve Parr, managing director and Phillip McGee, operations director, Parr Facilities Management, at the newly opened store.
Supporting Home Bargains in Northern Ireland
Belfast-based Parr Facilities Management is delivering fit out works and FM support at a newly opened 30,000SF Home Bargains store location in Newtownabbey, County Antrim.
The 6-month project has represented a significant investment by Home Bargains, with the new site on the Longwood Retail Park now its largest in Northern Ireland and fourth largest of more than 500 retail locations it operates across the United Kingdom where it employs over 20,000 people.
Consisting of demolition works, strip out of previous DIY-store unit and fit-out including partition walls, terrazzo flooring, fire curtains and all building fabric, over 60 members of the Parr FM team worked within the evolving Covid-19 safety protocols and guidelines to bring this project to completion safely and efficiently with least disruption to the original project timelines.
Following several successful project deliveries across England, Scotland and Northern Ireland over the past seven years, Parr FM has built a strong relationship with Home Bargains, one of the UK’s fastest-growing and highest-rated retailers, making Parr FM’s Belfast and Manchester-based teams one of Home Bargains’ preferred contractors for fit-out works. Through their ongoing partnership, Parr FM has overseen a number of high-investment projects on behalf of the retail giant.
Commenting on the strong working relationship between his company and Home Bargains across the UK which dates from 2014, Stephen Parr, Parr Facilities Management managing director, says: "Over the years we have been lucky to develop a positive working relationship with the team at Home Bargains through on-time and on-budget deliveries of several large-scale projects as well as our continued routine care which delivers maximum efficiency, safety and peace of mind to the UK-based team.
We are proud to have worked closely with the Home Bargains team to deliver this especially exciting project during a time of added challenges with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic."
Building on its notable portfolio of retail clients and expertise with leading high street brands across the UK and Ireland including Lush, Footasylum, Co-Op and others, Parr FM brings unique qualifications as one of the few companies in the UK to be accredited to UKAS 17020 as an inspection body for electrical installations and offers a wealth of experience in providing mechanical and electrical management services.
The contract with Home Bargains has also enabled the facility services provider to increase Northern Ireland-based staff numbers by one third across multiple skilled disciplines, and support surrounding communities.