TC Starts Work on Fourth Costa Drive-Thru 


TC Consult has started work on its fourth Costa Coffee drive-thru project in Wales.

Planning permission was granted for a new build drive-thru unit at Cardiff Gate, a development that’s expected to create up to 20 full-time jobs. The groundworks have been completed, the building structure is up and completion is due in just a matter of months.

The whole application for the site covers the wider surrounding area comprising Avenue Industrial Estate directly across Church Road to the north-west, which provides a mix of retail, leisure and employment uses and residential areas to the north east.

Completion expected in March

The Cardiff Gate build is due to be completed in March 2021. As well as creating more jobs locally, the unit will provide accessible and welcome refreshments to the park’s retail, leisure and business customers.

Thirsty work

Having been involved in Wales’ first Costa drive-thru in Swansea, in 2015 and two more since, TC certainly has significant experience to draw on. The second project involved converting a former pizza restaurant in Caerphilly to a Costa Coffee drive-thru. The team then took its unique project and cost management service to the Port of Milford Haven, creating a new build Costa drive-thru there. This project had a range of complexities, including dealing with ecological issues, ground remediation, main contractors changing and even the discovery of an unexploded ordnance.  Despite this, they still managed to get the project over the line ready for Costa to occupy.

TC has a solid understanding of Costa’s contractor arrangements and relationships so is confident it’ll be able to handle the contract documents and lease quickly, ensuring a smooth delivery of the project.

The perfect blend

This is the latest Costa drive-thru build that TC has project and cost-managed. It’s also the third one working for Actoris and the second project with construction firm Jones Brothers (Henllan) Ltd. TC is pleased to be working with a highly skilled project team, which includes: architects Inspire Design Ltd, solicitors Berry Smith LLP, transport consultants Corun Associates, planning consultants Mango Planning & Development Limited, property consultants EJ Hales and engineering consultants Bradley Associates.

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