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Lidl Distribution Centre


ORS Multidisciplinary Team


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Fire Safety and Assigned Certifier

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Overview of service

The Lidl Regional Distribution Centre, located in Westmeath, is a new development for international supermarket giant Lidl, the largest distribution centre in Ireland. The world-class facility is a 57,611 sqm., new build with a complex transport and logistics hub.

ORS was appointed to provide a multidisciplinary service approach to Assigned Certifier and Fire Safety Management. As part of its development, the project involved the demolition of two former residential properties and outbuildings, the construction of a warehouse unit, a two-storey office wing, 352 car parking spaces, 18 disabled bays, and 32 bicycle spaces. Extensive drainage works, an attenuation system, and upgrades to surrounding roads were also included in this substantial project.

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The key scope of works for the Fire Safety Team was to compile and submit a Fire Safety Certificate (FSC) application for the construction of a new ca. 14,493 sq m ground-level warehouse extension together with internal mezzanine extensions and alterations to the existing Regional Distribution Centre (RDC). Upon granting the FSC, the ORS Fire Safety Team also had to ensure that construction proceeded in line with the granted fire certificate and to ensure compliance at every step. This was done by undertaking regular site inspections, providing technical support throughout all project stages, and remaining in constant communication.

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Project challenges

Proactive approach

The scale of the project required a multi-phase approach. The timings of completion and BCAR sign-off were of particular importance to meet the client’s deliverable objectives.

The ORS Fire Safety Team developed a proactive solution for the delivery of its services. As the largest distribution centre in Ireland, ORS understood that the building was of particular focus for the fire brigade and local authorities. The team worked in collaboration with Westmeath County Council to meet completion milestones within the tight timeframe. ORS achieved this by involving the fire officer through the construction stage, in which they carried out several joint inspections with ORS.

Adopting this proactive approach, ORS achieved a timely BCAR sign-off of all development stages to the client’s satisfaction.

Although this extension was larger than other standalone warehouse developments, it was an extension rather than a new build none the same; therefore, this distribution centre had to remain operational throughout the construction period. Like any other project, this was met with its challenges. One challenge was working in a live environment, near members of the public and staff, ensuring life safety services always remained operational within the existing premises. Doing this while ensuring construction could proceed without any adverse effects added to this challenge.

The inclusion of temporary escape routes and multiple liaisons with the fire services resulted in the works proceeding without any issues. The ORS team delivered a seamless project based on comprehensive planning, exceptional execution, and a high degree of communication at all times.


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    Brian Collentine


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