Oil firm's laboratory expansion is a major win for Britcon

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 11 Jul 2018

Scunthorpe construction specialist Britcon has started work on a super laboratory development for Leeds-based Vickers Oils.

The complex project involves the construction of a 5,500 sq ft two-storey, riverside building to house a first-floor laboratory with roof plant area and ground floor storage facility. 

Vickers Oils is a family-run company which has been based in the West Yorkshire city for almost 140 years. The company holds market-leading positions worldwide in the marine and textile markets.

It forms a key part of a substantial investment to update its existing 50-year-old laboratory buildings and consolidate into a more modern facility.

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Chris Wholley, technical director at Vickers Oils, said: “Our environment acceptable marine lubricants have helped our business to grow significantly in recent years following legislation that requires the worldwide shipping industry to make changes. This has allowed us to invest in our plant and relocate our wet chemistry function into the new laboratory whilst keeping our mechanical testing and offices in the old buildings.

“The challenge to Britcon is no mean feat as they are required to manage the construction project alongside mechanical and electrical installation and laboratory outfitter simultaneously in a very short timescale. We are extremely pleased with the efficiency of the Britcon team so far.”

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Established for more than 25 years with a team of over 90 people in the UK, Midland Road headquartered Britcon has a depth of experience working within the chemical and petrochemical sector. Clients include Lindsey Oil Refinery, BASF, Kemira Chemicals, and Associated British Ports.

Paul Clarkson, managing director, said: “We are pleased to be working with Vickers Oils to deliver this significant project which will help to facilitate further growth for a market leader. “The project is complex and challenging but we have the expertise and value engineering capacity to deliver. We are also in discussions to carry out phase three of the project to install energy efficient windows, a new facade to the existing building and refurbishment of the old laboratories.”

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