Tesco Value QSs and Architects?!

Now we all like to have a bash at the big boys every now and then so what about the latest story to break about Tesco?

They have flown in some Indian Architects and QS’s to train them in the UK to work on their initial planning and development projects.

Why can they not use UK consultants to do this type of work?! How are they going to keep them aware and up-to-date with UK construction methods, legislation and techniques?! Is it just Tesco driving down costs again, or is something more sinister afoot? Who knows, but has anyone got the ear of someone senior at Tesco that they could talk to about this? It’s mad! Here we are in the UK construction sector struggling to get work, and a big player like Tesco goes overseas! I expect we’ll get Gordon Brown to intervene on our behalf as it’s an outrage! Or maybe we will just fade away quietly… Does anyone realise that without an active and engaged construction community there’s a lot of damage being done to us at the moment?!

I prefer Sainsburys anyway, so I’ll go with the boycott that some of the Building Magazine readers have suggested.

5 Responses to “Tesco Value QSs and Architects?!”

  1. 1 Richard Smith March 22, 2010 at 12:24 pm


    I concur 100% with your views over Tesco outsourcing their professional services. One has to wonder if they have to train them does that mean they have forgotten the costs that will add which would not occur if they used practices such as our UK firms. I can only take it then differential in salary rates etc., must be significantly lower than ours.

    It is indeed an appaling scenario of chasing profit at the expense of the potential lack of quality and performance. I also wonder how contractors will react to perhaps little more than fledgeling arichitects and QS’s

    One question is when the importees realise how expensive the UK is to live — will they stay ?

    • 2 derekmynott March 22, 2010 at 4:42 pm


      Thanks for the comments, I’m not sure with regards to the article whether the guys are here or back in India or some other country for that matter. One thing is for sure if they are here I think your observation about how contractors will react will be very interesting indeed!

  2. 3 Peter March 23, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    Interesting that Tesco’s have brought on board Indian’s as they were recruiting in the UK for construction professionals last November. Maybe they have been brought on board into the UK as Tesco are expanding into India itself (I wasn’t able to access Building’s article as they want you to pay a sub!)

    I’m with you on Sainsbury’s but thought you’d be more of a Waitrose or M&S man!

    • 4 derekmynott March 23, 2010 at 6:53 pm

      Didn’t know they were recruiting last year like that, but if they are moving into India it makes more sense now on what they have been doing. Still think it could be the start of some other bigger move. If you want I can send you the full article to read – not that it’s particularly much more detailed.

      The wife would have me go to Waitrose or M & S! Keep saying to her nothing wrong with Lidl or Aldi or Wilkos’ for that matter.

      • 5 Peter March 24, 2010 at 12:44 pm

        Reading into Tesco’s activities it appears they have been dealing with the conglomerate that is Tata Group, by supplying their own brand goods and going into Cash & Carry.
        Its interesting to note that India currently restricts foreign ownership of Indian retailers – a restriction that is likely to be lifted in the future as the Indian government attempts to feed a population estimated in July 2009 at 1,156,897,766 and growing and quell unrest from increasing food prices.

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