Capacity boost for Cornish seafood processor
South West-based food industry construction specialist, ProjectLink, has consolidated its expertise in the food sector with a multi-million pound scheme to expand the production capacity of seafood processor, Falfish, in Redruth, Cornwall.
ProjectLink, which is based in Somerset, has completed extensions to Falfish’s dispatch and goods-in areas in a multi-million pound, two-phase construction project. The development will also see the creation of new office space for Falfish to accommodate the seafood company’s rapid expansion, as it continues to increase its customer base within the UK and overseas.
The first phase of the construction programme saw ProjectLink extend and redesign Falfish’s temperature-controlled dispatch area. A loading dock with recessed approach ramp was built on site to allow for fast, level loading access onto refrigerated despatch vehicles and continuation of the cold-chain. Phase 1, an 18-month project, completed in January 2013 and the second phase then commenced to create similar improvements to the goods-in area. These extensions to the factory have also boosted Falfish’s need for more office space, which ProjectLink has designed and is now constructing on the first floor of the 4,850-square-foot Phase 2 extension. Mark Greet, managing director of Falfish, commented:
ProjectLink’s carefully considered approach to our requirements has resulted in an intelligent design that is delivering genuine and practical benefits to the business.”
Darren Williams, managing director of ProjectLink, said:
ProjectLink has strived to be responsive to needs of Falfish at every stage of this major programme of works. For example, Falfish requested that the goods-in area was operational a month ahead of schedule. We were only too happy to oblige.”
Specialists in planning as well as design and construction, ProjectLink steered each phase of Falfish’s build programme through the planning process, successfully securing approvals for each application. ProjectLink then worked with Falfish to ensure that they would be able to safely continue processing seafood while the extensions were under construction. Darren at ProjectLink, added:
Our relationship with Falfish extends back over fifteen years when the company first decided to expand their premises to realise their long-term business plan. By working closely with Falfish and listening to the company’s aspirations, and drawing on our long experience of working in the food processing sector, we are proud to have helped Falfish fulfil its ambition to grow.”