SBUK, Darlington

In the ever-evolving landscape of retail and dining, Starbucks stands as a beacon of modernity. This project saw the construction of a new Starbucks Drive Thru, marking our 5th collaboration with the coffee giant and our 4th modular Starbucks build with the industry’s leading modular builder, Premier Modular.



Our longstanding relationship with Premier Modular brought us back to facilitating the factory construction phase of the Café Roof and the onsite installation phase of the roof and rainwater goods. Our expertise and Premier Modular’s excellence in modular construction ensured a seamless execution of the project.


Solution & Delivery

Roofing Solutions

We opted for the Danosa Singleply membrane in Light Grey for the roofing. This choice was driven by the membrane’s durability, aesthetic appeal, and compatibility with the overall design of the café.


Thermal Scheme & Rainwater Goods

We installed a PIR mechanically fixed Thermal scheme to ensure energy efficiency and longevity. Complementing the roofing solution, we integrated Alutec Aluminium rainwater goods, providing efficient water drainage and adding to the café’s modern aesthetics.


Challenges & Controversies

The journey to constructing the Starbucks Drive Thru was challenging. The local planning authority initially disputed the developer’s plans, leading to debates and discussions regarding the project’s impact on the community.

The site, formerly the Mile House public house, was chosen for the Starbucks drive-thru as part of a larger scheme. This scheme also includes a new Home Bargains store following the recent construction of a Lidl supermarket.

Despite concerns raised in 2020 about the potential detrimental impact on surrounding businesses, the planning committee approved the plans. An independent study commissioned by the committee suggested that the proposed stores in the Faverdale Industrial Estate might negatively affect businesses in nearby Cockerton. However, this study was ultimately rejected, with the findings being merely “an educated professional guess.”

In contrast to the concerns, over 120 residents supported the new Starbucks Drive Thru. Many residents highlighted the convenience of having shopping and dining options without the need to travel to distant locations like Cockerton, the town centre, Yarm Road, or Morton Park.



Results & Future

With the completion of the Starbucks drive-thru, the community now has access to a modern and convenient dining option. 

The controversial project has added value to the area and offers residents more choices for shopping and dining. Our collaboration with Premier Modular and Starbucks once again proves the potential of modular construction in transforming landscapes and meeting community needs.




28 July 2022




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