Starbucks Derby

Algeco completes Starbucks restaurant in just 6 weeks

Algeco, Europe’s leading modular and offsite building solutions brand, has completed the new modular Starbucks restaurant in Derby in just 6 weeks from start to finish.

The 6 week schedule was possible because Algeco completed the shell install in just 2-weeks by delivered the modules with a PMV (Pre Manufactured Value) of over 80%.

Being able to hand over the restaurant in a matter of weeks meant that it is now generating income much quicker than an on-site build, helping achieve a quicker return on investment and a key reason why Starbucks choose a modular solution from Algeco.

A long track record of handing over similar modular and offsite projects on rapid lead times initially gave Burney, the developer, and Starbucks confidence that Algeco was the right partner on this project.

Alongside this was the fact Algeco presented practical means of overcoming all the specific challenges at the Derby location: a constrained site next to other busy retail locations and close to a residential neighbourhood.

The Algeco solution also meant fewer deliveries to site, with the modules being delivered out of retail hours (check), whilst completing the building shell in 2 weeks avoided disruption to the local area and unsightly building works.

As a result of the exemplary work carried out at Derby, Algeco has already gained multiple further orders from Starbucks and is currently working on the new site in Scunthorpe.

The modular solution at Derby also resulted in Algeco being shortlisted in the Offsite Awards Leisure Retail Project of the Year. The Awards finale are in September.

The official opening of the new modular Starbucks restaurant in Derby comes at a time of record demand for Algeco leisure and retail modular building solutions as more customer looks to access these benefits.

Multiple orders have been generated since the company began offering a retail leisure solution as a ‘standard’ product line.

Typically, Algeco achieves a PMV (Pre Manufactured Value) of over 80%, meaning most elements of the build and critical testing around fire and building performance are already completed before the modules arrive on site.

The innovative turnkey solution for Starbucks included kitchen, servery, offices, storage, dining area and toilets, as well as car park and external landscaping works. Minimising environmental impact and working on the constrained site – close to a busy Aldi - were key requirements set out by Starbucks at the very start of the Derby project.

James Withey, Managing Director of Algeco offsite, said: “What is significant about the Starbucks project in Derby is that we worked to the company’s required specification whilst still delivering all the benefits of DFMA and Lean Manufacturing, and, significantly, a bespoke design. By handing over the restaurant in just 2 weeks, Algeco has set a new benchmark for the industry. We are now beginning to roll out the concept to other sites across the country.

James added: “Our Carnaby facility has recently secured a £3.5m investment from our parent company Modulaire Group. This represents a significant step, and reflects how our offsite business has grown over the last few years. Investment will significantly increase capacity, whilst contributing to our journey of being a low carbon business.”

All Algeco retail and leisure modular solutions are designed to allow relocation, reconfiguration or recycling, depending on future requirements. They are designed to have a service life of at least 60 years.

As part of a sustainable approach, the modular buildings utilise responsibly-sourced and recycled materials throughout, further reducing its environmental impact. The modules are constructed using a steel-framed system, a 100% recyclable material sourced from a UK supplier with certified Environmental Policy Declarations. The external cladding at Starbucks in Derby was larch, a sustainable timber.

Other sustainable features include high levels of insulation, ceiling, floor and wall tiles made using recycled content. The kitchen incorporates a heat exchange that feeds into the dining area.

The lightweight structure of Algeco’s steel frame modules minimise carbon intensive foundations, which were completed at the same time as the modules were manufactured, helping to reduce the build schedule even further.

To find out more about Algeco retail and leisure solutions, visit:


About Algeco

Algeco is a long-established brand in the European modular services and infrastructure industry, originally formed in 1955. The brand has consistently achieved a string of industry firsts; from creating modular site accommodation; to introducing the first stackable modular accommodation in 1965; and more recently pioneering innovations in volumetric offsite solutions. Algeco now offers a vast range of physical space solutions from temporary accommodation and storage solutions for building sites, through to highly sophisticated design and build permanent multi-storey offsite solutions for business and the public sector.

In the UK, Algeco is headquartered in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire and offers a wide range of turn-key portable and modular building solutions for hire, including modular site accommodation, portable cabins, secure storage containers and portable toilets, all available from strategically placed regional locations throughout the UK.

Modular buildings for hire offer virtually unlimited spaces with unrivalled flexibility, suitable for quality offices, classrooms, children's nurseries, and health centres and designed to meet individual layout requirements.

Algeco design and build permanent solutions utilise modern methods of construction to offer inspirational single and multi-storey spaces designed to customer specifications, safely, quickly and consistently.

In the UK, Algeco employs over 1200 people and has a turnover of c£200m. For more information, visit


About Modulaire Group

Modulaire is a leader in European modular services and infrastructure. We create smart spaces for people to work, learn and live. Our business is designed to help customers find the right space solution, no matter what their requirements. Modulaire has operations in 23 countries with over 290,000 modular space and portable storage units and 4,400 remote accommodations rooms. The company operates as Algeco, its largest brand, across much of Europe and the United Kingdom. Other operating brands include Advanté in the United Kingdom, Altempo in France, Algeco Chengdong in China, Ausco and NET Modular in Australia, and Portacom in New Zealand.

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