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Shanco Completes Concrete Works for Leading Food Manufacturer


Working in partnership with the principal contractor, Shanco has delivered reinforced concrete structures for one of the country’s leading chilled food manufacturers.

Following a recommendation, Shanco was awarded the contract following a formal tender process. The project involved the construction of a reinforced concrete bund, which forms part of a new effluent treatment plant at a manufacturing facility in Barnsley.

The bund is surrounded by a 1.4m high concrete wall, which the team constructed around the plant’s 72m perimeter. Shanco installed various plinths within the bund for the installation of the associated M&E works. This included a hexagonal concrete plinth to mount a 7m x 8.5m balance tank that stores the effluent.

An innovative wall formwork system was used by Shanco to create the bund. The ‘Doka’ system features pre-made steel panels, which can be quickly and easily connected to form a grid, ensuring fast forming times and boosting efficiency.

The project required effective consultation and coordination with the client and several contractors, including the manufacturer of a containment gate. Shanco worked closely with this team to advise on the foundation design of the 650-kilogram gate to ensure it could be integrated effectively into the bund.

Prior to beginning work, Shanco carried out a service scan of the site and hand dug trial holes to check and expose the existing services. This information was reported back to the principal contractor and the design team, ensuring there were no issues or conflicts during the installation stage.

Shanco’s scope of works also included the construction of kerbs and paths providing vehicular and pedestrian access to the new plant.

Tom Rowling, SHEQ advisor for Shanco said: “We were on site for eight weeks and it was essential that we avoided any disruption to the client’s operations during this time.

“Our construction area was adjacent to the company’s HGV access, so we had to contain our site ensuring no activity encroached into this area and there was no contamination on the surrounding roads. We also worked closely with the principal contractor to help the team create a site management plan for the construction phase and assist with the co-ordination of plant and materials.

“This project is our first with this contractor and thanks to early engagement and effective planning, the works have been delivered efficiently, keeping construction on programme.”

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