NEW PACKAGING FACTORY, HALESWORTH, SUFFOLK
Project: New Packaging Factory, Halesworth, Suffolk
Client: Spectra Packaging
Services provided: Project Management, Design, Contract Administration, Quantity Surveying, CDM Services
Contract value: £3 m
The client, already a market leader in their specialised industry, had seen the opportunity for growth and expansion which could not be supported on their existing site.
Due to the unsuitability of available units locally and keen to retain their local links and workforce, they decided to procure and develop their own premises which would accommodate expansion. DCP was appointed as project manager for the planning and construction of a 60,000 sq ft, manufacturing, warehouse and office facility. The scheme was designed to allow the client to expand this capability with the addition of more units covering a further 120,000 sq ft., when required
The site was a sloping agricultural field with a naturalised woodland belt in a predominately rural setting. The new development had to accommodate this retained woodland and hedges.
To minimise the impact of the new structure, it was cut into the ground, and at its deepest point is some 3m below the original ground level. This was achieved with a cut and fill operation involving the excavation and placement of some 50,000m3 of topsoil and clay, to provide the necessary cut for the Phase 1 building and a plateau for the future buildings.
Construction on a green field site necessitated bringing new services to the project and diverting existing extra high voltage power cables crossing the site. Extensive trenching enabled the diversion of the existing cables underground and access to points within the utility network where suitable pressure and power was available.
Daniel Connal Partnership worked closely with the client and end users of the building from its conception, assisting with the initial acquisition of the land, the design to planning and granting of planning permission, advice on predicted project costs through to a detailed design and tender process.
Subsequently DCP was appointed as Contract Administrator, Quantity Surveyor and CDM-C, to oversee the development to completion.
As part of the project the client wished to appoint electrical, fire and intruder alarm and heating and cooling contractors directly on design and build contracts. We liaised closely with these contractors and the main contractor to ensure continuity of design and programme. We also considered the design progression of the factory fit out and the necessity for extensive duct work and process pipework through the factory, to tie all the services together.
DCP took the client’s vision for a world class manufacturing facility and turned it into reality. As the project was completed in-house, our professional team was able to work closely with the client, consulting engineers, the client’s direct contractors and the main contractor to ensure that the project remained on track throughout which was a major factor in the project being completed and handed over on time.