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Premier Foods Plant, Teesside

We were responsible for delivering a £33m upgrade to Premier Foods’ Billingham facility, in Stockton-on-Tees, to increase the capacity of a plant manufacturing the meat-free protein Quorn.

Bullet Client Premier Foods
 
 

The project involved the introduction of new fermentation capacity, new media preparation and sterilisation, and downstream processing plant and equipment, as well as upgrade of an existing effluent treatment plant.

Our approach

The WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff team was involved in creating the initial concept strategy and in the detailed design for the installation of new equipment, in procuring components and construction contracts, and then in project managing the construction work itself.

The client had a very small project team, so we worked very closely with them to make sure they weren't swamped with requests for information.

The design was based on an existing facility that was more than a decade old, but our experts incorporated numerous improvements to accommodate modern equipment and techniques.

The sheer size of some of the equipment called for detailed planning. The fermentation tank is over 30m tall and stands in a tower that’s 10 storeys high. The vessel cost £1m and took a year to manufacture.

Getting the tank into place involved a major crane lift, and WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff also had to time the construction to make sure the building was at the right stage when it was ready. It was planned and built so that if the vessel was slightly late or early, it wouldn’t hold up the project.

 

Contact:

Brian Parker
Brian Parker Senior Project Manager
+44 24 7686 2287