Having rebuilt the Edgeware Supervalue following the February 2011 Christchurch Earthquakes, Hanham & Philp were requested to be involved with the expansion and rebranding of the supermarket in 2017.

The supermarket expansion incorporated the adjacent, former Mitre 10 building, left vacant since the earthquakes. During the open book negotiated pricing of the project, a considerable amount of value engineering was carried out, to enable the proposed design to meet both practical and financial requirements of the client.

With the existing supermarket required to remain fully operational (7am-9pm daily) during construction, the project was split into 3 stages. Stage 1 involved all works inside the old Mitre 10 building to construct the new bakery & café, along with new storage areas, delivery compound/canopy, chillers & freezers, staffroom toilets, etc. to replace the existing supermarkets back of house storage areas. A new link between the two buildings was cut into the adjoining exterior walls, to provide direct staff access between the new storage area and the supermarket retail space. The new café housed a full kitchen/bakery, designed to service the needs of both the Café and the Supermarket. In addition to the large internal seated area, the café also featured new outdoor seating, with updated landscaping & carparking.

With the new storage spaces complete and the café operational, stage 2 was able to commence. With the supermarket staff having vacated the original storage areas of the supermarket, work commenced on construction of the various new back of house preparation spaces – meat, produce, deli & hot deli, along with a number of cool rooms linked to each space. A challenging stage, with a lot of co-ordination required between H&P tradesmen and supermarket staff, to maintain the required separation of construction activities to ensure no compromise of the hygiene requirements of the operational prep areas. Considerable preplanning was carried out prior to completion of stage 2, around moving all the supermarkets plant and equipment into the newly completed spaces, to ensure no disruption to supermarket operations.

The third and final stage involved the demolition of the original food prep areas to make way for the expanded supermarkets retail space. This included installation of a significant steel secondary structure, to facilitate removal of large sections of structural concrete wall panels between the two buildings. A key challenge for this project involved significant hoardings and scaffolding being required during this stage to protect not only the staff, but the public also, from both a health and safety perspective as well as ensuring no compromise of food hygiene.


Extension and refurbishment of the Edgeware Supervalue and rebranding to FreshChoice, in conjunction with construction of the new “Edge Café & Bakery.

  • Client

    New Millenium Limited, Stephen Anderson

  • Duration

    6 Months (2017)

  • Location

    57-61 Edgeware Road

  • Architect

    WPH Consultants

  • Engineers

    RD Sullivan & Associates