Sanderson Weatherall helps aerospace firm enhance its operations

CAV Aerospace
Published on: 27th May 2014

Building consultants at Sanderson Weatherall have helped a North East manufacturing firm to carry out a major upgrade of its North East site.

CAV Aerospace in Consett engaged Sanderson Weatherall’s team to provide project management, architectural services and Construction Design Management co-ordination for the £7m project, which was part-funded by a £1.4m grant from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund.

The firm’s Newcastle office also worked to ensure reduced business rates were secured for the client during the course of the work.

Structural works were carried out to reconfigure the facility, creating an open plan layout capable of accommodating large specialist machinery to manufacture aircraft wing components. Specialist foundations were also installed to support the weight of the new plant. Precision was vital.

Further work included the construction of a new extension for collection of swarf, a new briquette store to enable recycling of aluminium, repair, refurbishment and redecoration work throughout, and external work, including safe pedestrian access and security fencing.

The principal contractor was STP Construction Ltd and the structural engineer was CDS Consulting.

CAV Aerospace’s project manager, Andrew Porteous, explained the importance of the project. “The development of the facility was critical to CAV’s strategy. The new plant installed in the building allows us to remain competitive in the manufacture of aircraft wing spars and provides us with additional manufacturing space to support our future business plans. The project was technically difficult and had tight timescales. Sanderson Weatherall were an integral part of the team that delivered a successful outcome.”

Victoria Bollands, Senior Surveyor at Sanderson Weatherall, said: “The project for CAV Aerospace was a large, multi-faceted undertaking, but with the range of skills we have across our operation, we were able to offer everything from, project management to support on rate reductions.

“CAV Aerospace is a great employer in the North East and this investment strengthens their position in the region.”

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