This scheme initially comprised a lean-to extension to an existing factory unit and an internal pit formed to house a new furnace unit. However very early into the works the client decided to increase the size of the extension and the scope of internal works within the factory.
This increased the project from a £700k scheme to ultimately being £1.7m in total. The factory stayed live throughout and we were required to work ‘out of hours’ to complete several key elements without affecting manufacturing output.
The expanded final scope of works included demolishing and stripping out existing internal office structures, diverting existing HV electric cables and gas, water and compressed air pipework, excavating and forming three new concrete pits up to 4m deep within the existing factory, excavations and foundations for a new portal frame extension, complete built-up cladding systems to the roof and walls, roller shutter and personnel doors, roof and wall mounted ventilation louvers, internal steelwork for a gantry crane and mechanical and electrical installations within the new extension and existing factory.
By adopting a collaborative approach and forward planning all operations, we were able to deliver the increased scheme to meet the fixed delivery date for the client’s new furnace whilst ensuring that there were zero hours of lost production time in the existing factory.
As part of our commitment to supporting the local areas in which we work, we operate a local spend and SME calculator on our projects to enable us to target our supply chain on a local basis and to ensure the use of SME’s. The graphs below demonstrate that we were able to deliver the project with 86% of spend from within a 30-mile radius of the site with an SME split of 43% of our spend with micro and small businesses.
The scheme was completed on time, within budget and to a very high specification, whilst offering the client a number of alternative design options which provided them with significant cost and time savings to ensure that the scheme was delivered to meet the fixed delivery date for the client’s new furnace whilst ensuring that there were zero hours of lost production.