Britcon builds on relationship with regional power giant
PRIDE: Paul Clarkson, inset, and works ongoing at Drax Power Station, with the familiar cooling towers rising behind.
By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 22 Aug 2017
SCUNTHORPE building and civil engineering firm Britcon has completed a £200,000 project to extend a key facility at the UK’s largest power station.
The contract was part of an ongoing brief for the team with Drax Group Plc, which it has maintained a relationship for more than a decade.
Drax, at Selby, is currently responsible for generating more than 7 per cent of the UK’s electricity. Following successful upgrades to the site through innovative engineering, it is now a predominantly biomass-fuelled generator, with feedstocks predominantly arriving via the Humber ports. A total of 70 per cent of the electricity it produces – enough to power Leeds, Manchester, Sheffield and Liverpool – is now made using compressed wood pellets rather than coal.
Recent announcements and an ambitious acquisitions programme set out targets to increase its renewable electricity supply in the UK.
To support this, Britcon has completed a 2,500 sq ft extension to the 16,500 sq ft strategic store that it built nine years ago to house back up components for turbines in case of a shut down.
The steel frame clad, high bay building designed to incorporate a 5T overhead girder crane, required groundworks, extensive paving and new barriers.
Britcon’s Engineering Services division designed and built the steelwork on the project at its manufacturing site in Scunthorpe’s Midland Road.
As well as the strategic store, Britcon and BES have previously completed rail outload facilities, ash storage facilities, on site roads, switch rooms, lagoon repairs and ash pit projects, all on site in North Yorkshire.
Paul Clarkson, managing director at Britcon, said: “We are pleased to maintain a strong and trusting relationship with our fifth project in the last three years with Drax which continues to embark on innovative new practices to secure its place as a top five energy provider. We look forward to continuing our work with the Drax team for years to come.”
Major works at hospital added
URTHER WORKS: Sheffield's Northern General Hospital, seen from Barnsley Road. Picture: Google Maps.
WORK on medical facilities in northern Lincolnshire have brought Britcon success in Sheffield.
The company has secured a £280,000 contract to improve main entrance access to the city’s Northern General Hospital.
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Trust has appointed the civils team at Britcon to widen access on Barnsley Road from two to three lanes and at the same time improve pedestrian facilities including lighting and bus stops.
The contract with the trust is the second for Britcon after it secured a place on the Contractors’ Framework last year.
Britcon has recently completed a £700,000 contract to expand car parking provisions at the Northern General and The Jessop Wing.
The Scunthorpe team is now working to accommodate the live environment to complete the project in just 18 weeks.
Ian Chapman, who leads Britcon’s Yorkshire office, said: “We are pleased to secure our second contract on the framework for Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Due to the nature of the 24-hour operation at the hospitals we are working at best efficiency to accommodate continued access to the public and critical ambulance routes.”
Britcon is one of three contractors appointed to the four year framework which has allocated millions of pounds to improve hospital facilities over the next five years.
It has extensive experience working in the healthcare sector with previous projects including Scunthorpe General Hospital, Goole and District Hospital, Bradley Woodlands Private Hospital and Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital in Grimsby.