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Sainsburys, Ely

45,000 sq.ft. new build retail store

DMWR Architects designed and delivered this 45k sq ft supermarket on stilts within the Ely Conservation Area.  The site offered views of Ely cathedral across the water meadows which required a sensitive design approach to settle a building of this size into its landscape and context.

Employing the form of Sainsbury’s New Store Architecture, the design at Ely adopts the pavilion building style, adapted to provide considered customer arrival and circulation across the site that made the most of the topology and its six meter fall across the site.

Besides the supermarket and its supporting operations, the scheme provides concession space for Virgin Holidays and MEE opticians.