Engineers called in over sinking petrol station at Norwich supermarket

Longwater Sainsbury's petrol station where part of it has been fenced off due to subsidence. Picture: Denise Bradley Longwater Sainsbury's petrol station where part of it has been fenced off due to subsidence. Picture: Denise Bradley

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
4:28 PM

Part of a busy supermarket petrol station has been shut down because it has started to sink into the ground.

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Longwater Sainsbury's petrol station where part of it has been fenced off due to subsidence. Picture: Denise BradleyLongwater Sainsbury's petrol station where part of it has been fenced off due to subsidence. Picture: Denise Bradley

Sainsbury’s has called in structural engineers to assess its fuelling station at Longwater Lane, near Costessey, after having to close five pumps due to subsidence.

The grocery giant confirmed it aims to keep the site open and it is safe for customers to use.

But it has posed questions about whether the petrol station will continue to remain open in the long term. It is understood the problem could be caused by the pressure of heavy lorries passing by on the A47.

“We’ve temporarily closed a number of pumps at the petrol station while we carry out investigations with structural engineers,” a spokesman for Sainsbury’s said.

Longwater Sainsbury's petrol station where part of it has been fenced off due to subsidence. Picture: Denise BradleyLongwater Sainsbury's petrol station where part of it has been fenced off due to subsidence. Picture: Denise Bradley

“The site is safe to use. We’re keeping it under review and we’re considering options for a long-term solution.”

Sainsbury’s agreed to buy the 10-acre site on at Longwater in May 1996.

The 60,000 sq ft Sainsbury’s store, designed and built by RG Carter, was completed in record time – 27 weeks from land purchase to completion. It opened on March 5, 1997, welcoming more than 4,000 customers into the store on its first day.

Meanwhile, in 1997, the retail park next door to Sainsbury’s was bought by Legal & General for almost £30m, before being developed into an out-of-town shopping centre site.

4 comments

  • cant see it would have anything to do with the planning, its been there for 17 years! KDay - Do you really think they didnt plan before the land was bought and that everything was done in only 27 weeks. I expect they did months of work before getting started on the land. More likely increased volume of hgvs using it. Maybe a big hole will open up and it will all fall in!

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    Openspace

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

  • could this be the ansawer "The 60,000 sq ft Sainsbury’s store, designed and built by RG Carter, was completed in record time – 27 weeks from land purchase to completion. It opened on March 5, 1997," building on a forma quarry requires planning and ground work

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    k day

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

  • These pumps have been out of use roped off for several weeks now although the high fencing has only gone up recently. I would have thought the cause rather sinking from pressure from the lorries on the A47 quite a distance away, look a bit closer to home at some of the HGVs that fill up there.

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    mike smith

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

  • The Police are looking into it !

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    Albert Cooper

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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