Zotefoams Factory Extension
Factory Expansion, Croydon
PARTNER’S / CLIENT’S PERSPECTIVE
“Our pipeline of opportunities to sell higher margin HPP materials is developing very positively and, with strong customer interest in our products, we believe that now is the right time to invest in increased manufacturing capacity to support our future growth. The expansion will enable us to be reactive.”
David Stirling, Group CEO of Zotefoams
- Site remained fully operational during expansion programme
- Deadlines extremely important and linked to potentially high storage costs
Under a traditional two-stage Design & Build contract, Playle & Partners LLP were employed as Quantity Surveyors on the factory extension for Zotefoams at their site headquarters in Croydon.
This project involved the transformation of an open air storage area into a brand new factory building to be used for a wide range of applications in product protection, transportation, building & construction, sports & leisure, life sciences and other industrial applications. As well as a new factory building, this project also included turning a section of the car park into a reinforced compound for four large nitrogen tanks as well as the clearing of an existing plant area to increase the capacity of the current boiler room.
Working to RIBA stage 2-7, Playle & Partners LLP provided Quantity Surveying services across this project working closely with designers Wilson & Partners to ensure any design changes were fully costed and delivered to the client prior to their implementation.
Liaising with the main contractors was also another important relationship on this project. The Practice had to monitor the cost records of the main contractor ensuring their records were kept up-to-date so costs were tightly controlled.
On site construction deadlines were very important to our client and something all parties had to be fully aware of. This was due to the cost of storage for manufacturing machinery. Meeting such deadlines helped minimize these costs for our client.
During this project, the Zotefoams site remained in full operation 24/7. This played a part in the costing of the works, with the pricing of traffic marshals and other such safety elements factored into the budget.
As a result of positive experience on this project, Zotefoams invited Playle & Partners LLP to provide contract advice on a construction project in Poland that will further increase capacity.