Britcon excels in multi-million pound sector specialisms

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 20 Apr 2018

CIVIL engineering specialist Britcon has recently completed two major projects that underline its role in the region’s crucial industrial make-up.

Multi-million pound developments in the ports and chemicals sector have been realised by the Scunthorpe firm.

A new bio-acrylamide manufacturing process at Kemira Chemicals UK in Bradford saw a 13-metre high process building erected, covering 4,700 sq m. Designed by Engie Fabricom, it involved the construction of a new steel-framed dryer building between two existing buildings with a raised reinforced ground floor concrete slab on down stand beams on piled foundations for the Finnish-owned company which makes products for water intensive industries. Works also included internal process support steelwork for mezzanine floors, vessels, control and switch rooms. The roof of an adjacent building was also raised by nearly three metres to facilitate a new production line’s installation.

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Robin Allen, marketing and business development manager for Britcon, said: “During demolition works the existing boilers were kept live. Careful planning and communication between all stakeholders was key to ensure our work didn’t affect the client.

“As well as working in a live working environment, we were also operating in a highly chemically sensitive environment. Kemira had never completed major works such as this so we needed to demonstrate our full capability to the provision of little disruption to their daily routine through planning and programming, as well as keeping costs controlled.”

Closer to home and Humber Marine Control Tower is now a hive of activity for the estuary’s vessel movements.

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The £2 million contract delivered a four-storey facility to house a broad section of ABP’s marine team navigation disciplines in Grimsby.

Works included a piled foundation system with concrete slab foundation on the piles including all services, pipework and ducting.

“It was a vital requirement to keep the existing Humber Estuary navigation systems running 24/7 while construction operations were underway and transferred to the new building, given the need to ensure safe navigation of vessels along the Humber estuary,” Mr Allen said.

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