Airedale Air Conditioning, New Factory

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Case Study Details

Date
December 2015
Client
Airedale Air Conditioning
Value
£35m
Service Type
Location
Leeds

Client’s Requirements   

The project consists of the construction of a new 250,000ft2 (approx) manufacturing and production facility, built on the footprint of the previous factory which was demolished following extensive fire damage.

In addition to a new production shop floor, the proposed building will include office accommodation and a Research and Development / Test Centre to replace that of the original building, but with the capability to progress and enhance development beyond previous capability.

The Test Centre will include a 2MW chiller test chamber and 250kW / 120kW unit test chambers.

Silcock Leedham’s Contribution

Following the unfortunate event of a catastrophic fire at the existing factory in Rawdon, Sept 2013, SLCE were appointed to undertake condition surveys of the fire damaged factory and to report to the client’s insurers regarding recommendations for the strategy to retain or re-build on the site.

Extensive assistance was also provided to the client to house them in temporary facilities, which involved providing dilapidation surveys on various properties and to provide the eventual design for the remedial and fit-out works to get Airedale operational again in as short a time period as possible.

SLCE were then part of the design team tasked with delivering a Stage D tender package under strict and challenging timescales at the behest of the clients insurer. Having delivered the tender package on time, SLCE then contributed heavily to the interrogation of the Contractors tender submission, given the M&E value of works being approx a third of the construction costs. This was a particularly challenging exercise to get the project to an acceptable budget for approval by the client’s insurer.

We also carried out an ongoing technical appraisal role for the client to monitor the Contactor’s D&B design and installation up to handover of the building.

Added Value / Unique Selling Points

SLCE were able to bring their experience of best practice solutions for similar factory designs to the fore which assisted in agreeing the design proposals in a short period to meet the tender date.

We had a working knowledge of the existing state of the art research and development test centre that was destroyed in the fire, due to Bill Leedham being involved in the design of the original facility.

Silcock Leedham provided the M&E services 3D modelling, integrating into the design team’s BIM model. This allowed the client to visualise the concepts discussed during the early stages of the project, in turn assisting in their confidence to sign-off the design proposals for tender issue.