The Challenge:

Although Trago Mills Chairman Bruce Robertson decided back in 1994 that the site of the former Heolgerrig Brickworks in Merthyr Tydfil was the ideal opportunity to bring their brand of discount retailing to Wales, it was nearly 20 years before it got off the ground.

A planning application was approved in 2005 followed by a programme of reclamation and ground stabilisation works costing over £12m. Kier was appointed as preferred contractor in 2008 and, after a 7 year pause, negotiations were re-commenced and significant effort undertaken to reach financial close and begin the project.

The Solution:

From the start of the 18 month build programme the the team worked collaboratively with Trago Mills and the design team to value engineer the project to keep it within the client’s budget without ever compromising the vision and bold ambition of Trago Mills' founder.

The 200,000 sq ft building's design is based on the Trago Mills signature design, formed of towers and mansard roofs, with specialist GRP turrets to the perimeter of the building.rIn addition to 11 retail units and leisure facilities in includes retail warehousing, ancillary buildings, subsidiary services and first-floor offices. The work also included roads around the complex, car parking and site works.

The Impact:

This is one of the region's most significant retail destinations, with 38 departments serving 200,000 products stacked either side of a yellow coloured boulevard that extends half a kilometre from one end to the other. (or 61 football pitches!).

This has been s a strategically important scheme for the town and its economy, creating valuable employment and training opportunities. More than 200 people have been employed directly on the park.

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" Kier’s experience and local knowledge is invaluable to meet the high standard required by Trago and its customers. The cooperation we’ve had with Kier has been first class. "
Bruce Robertson Chairman Trago Mills

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