Work has officially started on the new 30,000 sq ft Booths Supermarket on Ringtail Retail Park in Burscough.
Key people in the development of the store gathered for an official ground break for the build last week.
Lancashire based contractors, Barnfield Construction Limited are in charge of work on the former World War II airfield site on Pippin Street.
The design and build of the store will resemble an aircraft hangar and the memorial garden for the Royal Naval Air Station monument will be moved to a fully accessible, safer and more prominent position on the site.
Graham Booth, Property Director said: “We look forward to commencing phase one of the developments to bring a vibrant and modern retail destination to Burscough.
“We will be working closely with the developers to ensure a food store of the highest quality is delivered.
“Our ethos in designing stores is to complement the architecture and character of the surrounding landscape, and we’re very excited about giving this supermarket the look and feel of an aircraft hangar, which will suit the needs of a supermarket very well indeed.”
Tim Webber, Managing Director & Chairman of The Barnfield Group said: “We’re pleased to be able to officially start developing phase one of what promises to be a prestigious retail park. We’re also delighted to be working with the team at Booths on hopefully the first of many projects together.”
Councillor Iain Ashcroft, Mayor of West Lancashire, said: “I was delighted to be able to attend this ceremony which officially marks the start of this important development of a new supermarket in West Lancashire.”
The whole retail development including Booths Supermarket has been designed with green principles in mind.
The development will employ “rainwater” harvesting and will incorporate best practice guidelines on Sustainable Drainage Guidelines. The site will also include an additional area to the north provided as a wetland area for wildlife.
With the detail of this low energy solution now been agreed with the West Lancashire Planning Authority.